This beautiful photo is on my NASA Tweetup badge, and I got to see this beautiful vehicle (not from so close) yesterday, which is one of the most amazing experiences in my lifetime. To be topped, weather permitting, by watching her launch on Thursday. The day was full of seeing absolutely wondrous things; I’m ever so happy!
This image of space shuttle Discovery was taken as the craft began its nighttime trek, known as “rollout,” from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A.
It took the shuttle, attached to its external fuel tank, twin solid rocket boosters and mobile launcher platform, about six hours to complete the move atop a crawler-transporter. On STS-133, its final planned mission, Discovery will take the Permanent Multipurpose Module packed with supplies and critical spare parts, as well as Robonaut 2 to the International Space Station.