Inside Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians assist as a special crane is used to lift one of the three fuel cells away from space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay.
The fuel cells will be drained of all fluids. The hydrogen and oxygen dewars which feed reactants to the fuel cells remain in Atlantis’ mid-body and will be purged with inert gases and vented down. The work is part of the Space Shuttle Program’s transition and retirement processing of shuttle Atlantis. The orbiter is being prepared for display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett