My friend Jim Cook inspired this post, because it features his beloved SPACE ROCKS. Yessir, you are looking at genuine crawler-track gravel, across which many a spacefaring vehicle has inched! Jim encouraged me to pick up a pebble or two, as they have most definitely been touched by giant vehicles touching space shuttles and rockets. (Sadly I was never anywhere near the crawler track when I visited the launch pad. I probably should have picked up a rock anyway, as they have also most definitely been kissed by rocket exhaust… I AM A FOOL FOR NOT THINKING OF THIS EARLIER.)
I will forevermore be partial to Discovery, but I have to admit, Endeavour is looking lovely in these pictures. Godspeed, STS-134!