Space Shuttle Endeavor Being Dismantled

by Daniel Russ on April 30, 2012

Space Shuttle Dismantled

Space Shuttle Being Dismantled

 

“Once inside today, the orbiter processing team will remove one of Endeavour’s two orbital maneuvering system pods, which bookend the vertical stabilizer. As the drone of ventilators fills the building, a technician wearing a “Lucky’s Bar” T-shirt thumbs a manual detailing the steps for excising the orbital maneuvering systems. Held by a latticework of steel beams, the pod rotates out and into the free-hang position, ready for the next day’s crew to winch it into retirement.

 

Long gone are Endeavour’s main engines. Technicians have plucked them with what looks like a Space Age version of a medieval battering ram. Mounted on a 20-foot-high forklift, the steel probe, its tip sheathed in black padding, had pressed into the nozzle of each engine. It extracted them one at a time, hauling them away for storage in a NASA facility at White Sands, New Mexico.”

 

Space Shuttle Being Dismantled

Space Shuttle Being Dismantled

 

Space Shuttle Endeavor Being Dismantled

Space Shuttle Endeavor Being Dismantled

 

Space Shuttle Endeavor Being Dismantled

Space Shuttle Endeavor Being Dismantled

 

Sources: Air & Space, Boing Boing

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