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STS-134 Rollout - Endeavour's Final Flight by Per Hansen

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The STS-134 stack rolled out to the Launch Complex 39 Pad A last Thursday night, March 10, 2011 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida in preparation for the penultimate flight of the space shuttle fleet.

Space Shuttle Endeavour will be making her final flight to the International Space Station to deliver an exotic particle physics experiment called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer during her two-week mission.

The external fuel tank, ET-122, is the final ET that was delivered from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. ET-122 was damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was returned to flight readiness in the last year.

STS-134 is scheduled to launch April 19 at 7:48 p.m. EDT.

Location of Photo: Kennedy Space Center, FL

Geek Stuff: Nikon D700, Sigma 50-500mm Lens set to 100mm, ISO 2000, 1/50 second at F/10. Some minor editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.


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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 3 years ago

    so cool, how did you get this close ? I hope you add these images to Florida the sunshine State group

  • For the last few missions they’re allowing employees at KSC to bring family and friends to see rollout with spacial passes. I was amazed at how close they let us get also.

    Thank you. :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 3 years ago

    you are so lucky, I am jealous, however I must say I have original photos from the first moon walk, my Grandmother worked for Data Corp. and we know the guy that made that the lens… but I am still jealous with your captures :)

  • Thank you. It’s amazing the number of photos and posters and stickers, pins, etc. I’ve collected over the years working on NASA facilities. It’s a shame the I’ve only been allowed to carry a camera with me since I came to KSC or there would be so many other photos, too.
    I would love to have photos from the last moon walk. I’m hoping that eventually the fights over and appropriations for NASA will settle down and my program will be able to provide the next set of photos from a moon walk.

    – Per Hansen

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 3 years ago

    This capture is so awesome!!

  • Thank you very much. It was thrilling to see the stack looking like this! :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundeabout 3 years ago

    Wow, what a capture!

  • Thank you. I was quite in awe of the entire rollout event and glad a caught a couple of frames :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful view in the dark!

  • Thank you very much. She was an amazing sight.

    – Per Hansen

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsabout 3 years ago

    Wow, so much detail!
    If you like, this would be great in Major Event

  • Thank you. I’ll take a look.

    – Per Hansen

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsabout 3 years ago

    sorry wrong link haha, try this

  • Yup, much better link. Looked, joined and adding for your approval. Thanks again :-)

    – Per Hansen

  • Nuttee Ratanapiseth
    Nuttee Ratanap...about 3 years ago

    Nice work. Love the shot.

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