Saturday, December 03, 2011

Vehicle Assembly Building

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

A few photos of the enormous Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. This is the building where Saturn V rockets were assembled and Space Shuttles were mated to their external tanks & boosters. The building may be used again someday for whatever flavor of Ares V / SLS / generic huge rocket ends up flying, assuming that it gets funded & nobody cancels it, which remains to be seen.

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

I used an ultrawide lens to try to capture just how huge the building is, but I'm not sure even that does it justice. There aren't a lot of visual cues to help you grasp the scale of the thing. If it helps, the yellow bridge crane you see in a few of the photos is used to pick Space Shuttles up and carry them around. It's not small crane.

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

Vehicle Assembly Building, Kennedy Space Center

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