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Sandwiched between gray clouds and the Banana Creek can be seen Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A.

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Sandwiched between gray clouds and the Banana Creek can be seen Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A. The shuttle rolled to the pad overnight to get ready for liftoff on mission STS-118. First motion out of the Vehicle Assembly Building was at 8:10 p.m. July 10, and the shuttle was hard down on the pad at 3:02 a.m. July 11. At far left is the rotating service structure, which can be rolled around to enclose the shuttle for access during processing. At right is the 290-foot-tall water tank, which provides the deluge over the mobile launcher platform for sound suppression during liftoff. The proximity of the water and brush and grass signify the close relationship of Kennedy Space Center and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Center, which surrounds it. Endeavour is scheduled to launch on mission STS-118 on Aug. 7. During the mission, Endeavour will carry into orbit the S5 truss, SPACEHAB module and external stowage platform 3. The mission is the 22nd flight to the International Space Station and will mark the first flight of Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut whose association with NASA began more than 20 years ago. STS-118 will be the first flight since 2002 for Endeavour, which has undergone extensive modifications, including the addition of safety upgrades already added to orbiters Discovery and Atlantis. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley

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  • Title: Sandwiched between gray clouds and the Banana Creek can be seen Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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