NASA SpaceX CRS-6 Pre-Launch Tour

December 14, 2012 – 05:32 pm

After flight delays getting into Orlando last night due to thunderstorms, Sunday started as a beautiful day for the NASA Social team participating in the NASA SpaceX CRS-6 pre-launch tour.

You can see some of the pictures of my fellow NASA Social team members on this FaceBook page and I’m posting all of my pictures on SmugMug.

This morning we were treated to a tour of the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), originally built to assemble payloads including the Apollo missions on top of the Saturn 5 rocket. More recently, the VAB is where Space Shuttle flights were prepared for Kennedy Space Center launches. Here is a view from the 16th floor of the VAB, where workers might have stood preparing the shuttle for launch.

The VAB is not used for SpaceX Falcon CRS flights and is currently undergoing modifications in preparation for the upcoming NASA Space Launch System (SLS) where the Orion crew launch vehicle will see assembly on top SLS.


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