Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Atlantis Rolls On

STS-135 with the orbiter Atlantis rolls out Tuesday night from the Vehicle Assembly Building. Photo credit:

Vultures circled above the Vehicle Assembly Building as the gathered crowd waited for STS-135 Atlantis to roll out.

It was a heavy-handed metaphor for the last flight of the Space Shuttle program, but somewhat apt when the rollout was delayed about 30 minutes due to a faulty valve on the transporter-crawler. One wag suggested that technicians hoped to coax one last rollout from the 45-year old crawler.

I filmed the rollout from the nearby VAB parking lot. Click here to watch the seven-minute video. You need Windows Media Player and a broadband (cable modem, DSL) Internet connection to watch.

The video begins with the circling vultures.

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