HOWTO launch-prep the Space Shuttle


29 Responses to “HOWTO launch-prep the Space Shuttle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of hidden text that may or may not be a joke – stenciled on the side of the yellow rocket-cone forklift thingy is the word “ROCKETDYKE”

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    Good luck with finding that clue as well.
    (Who posts in the comments section of a completely unrelated post to beg others to do research for them, honestly?) Wacky ass internet.

    I envy these folks for the work they get to do.

    I mean how many folks get to drop prepped engines into a working spacecraft?

    Awesome stuff.

  3. haaz says:



  4. Blackwell says:

    Steampunk strap-on?

  5. Cefeida says:

    And only six minutes in between the spam :P. Well done.

    Those pictures are amazing. I’ll never wonder if sci-fi movies overdesign their spacecraft again.

  6. doublethink says:

    That crawler is crazy awesome. And look at how shabby Discovery looks in that one shot of it hanging in the sling. It looks like tiles are falling off and the whole thing looks scorched.

  7. wdoud says:

    Kick-ass?!?! This term is way overused on BB. Writers should have more adjectives at their disposal.

  8. bcdm says:

    Of course, Kompressor prefers vitamins. But big machines will do in a pinch.

  9. Jeff says:

    Wdoud: That would be awesome! Awesome to the Max!

  10. PukeBazooka says:

    Space travel is super sweet.

  11. Nato Welch says:

    What do you do in your 501′s?

  12. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Unbelievable, I sympathize, but you really couldn’t have been more off-topic, and it sets a bad precedent. Fb, V qvfrzibjryyrq vg — n qnl yngre.

    Click on the eyeball next to your comment and send me email describing your problems with the search function. That’ll give me something I can forward to the tech guys.

  13. Gursky says:

    I love that these are on the BMW sport touring forums. Feels very nineties net.

  14. maoinhibitor says:

    The picture of the woman fitting the shuttle engine looks like it was taken out of a Love and Rockets Mechanix story! What a cool job!

  15. airshowfan says:

    Apparently Florida does not have laws requiring the use of hands-free headsets for talking on your cell phone while driving multi-ton liquid-fuel rocket engines into manned spacecraft… (Look closely at picture above) ;]

  16. hellhead says:

    Really gives you a sense of perspective the picture of her loading those engines.

    They look a lot smaller next to the bigger rockets. Enormous.

  17. magista says:

    I got this passed around in an e-mail some time in late 2007. It really is an inspiring look at the scale of things.

    My only real quibble is that it’s not the Vertical Assembly Building, it’s the Vehicle Assembly Building. Where they are assembled vertically, though…

  18. dculberson says:

    @Anon 22: That says “Rocketdyne,” the company that makes the engines. While that is a great name, Rocketdyke is very cool for a completely different reason.

  19. Anonymous says:

    It should be noted that all of these images may also be found at

  20. eain says:

    Anyone notice the warning on the OMS engine in this pic?


    Seems like someone at NASA has a sense of humor…

  21. Neon Tooth says:

    Hey Melba whaddya up to?

    Ehhh, you know, same old work stuff.

    Do you and Chuck want to come by for dinner tomorrow.

    Sure, sounds good.

    Alright, see ya then…

  22. Anonymous says:

    No shortage of silly humor throughout NASA. See for example this strut here:

    The other strut reads “Lefty loosy, righty tighty” or some such. And no I’m not kidding.

  23. unbelievable says:


    The reason I posted here is because I whilst I love BoingBoing I find it impossible to ever find anything that’s been posted here using the search engine. So I’m sorry if I offended you. I did apologise. Twice.

  24. Anonymous says:

    There was a Discovery channel type documentary that went into many of these processes from the time it lands to back on the launch pad (most programs only go over the flight time) — i wish i could find it.

  25. sabik says:

    @eain, I suspect that’s not a sense of humour but a real warning…

    NASA has had two deaths in 1981 when a group of workers entered an area that was O2-deficient (namely, it was being purged with pure nitrogen).

  26. dagoon86 says:

    Wow, those pics are amazing. I should check if there are some pics about space shuttle building in other countries.

    Also, a more compact collection of those pictures:

  27. highjumpman says:

    Awesome! I used to love them shuttles when I was a kid! They were also kinda new back then…

  28. Elysianartist says:

    Yeeessshhhh….. When the orbiter is hanging from the cable/crane thingie it looks like it could just drop at any second and shatter into lots and lots of little spaceshippy bits.

  29. Anonymous says:

    wonderful..our space program hinges on a chick
    with a ponytail and jeans riding a rocket engine
    into place—this is the sort of stuff they should have on the tv news–

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