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Forum:Mercury - Gemini - Apollo
Topic:Apollo-Soyuz: rollout and mast installation
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It looks like the stack was rolled back to the VAB doors from its position in the posted photograph taken the previous afternoon.

LM-12
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Originally posted by heng44:
I think that is the shadow of the contraption the man in the top photo is standing on
Another afternoon photo of the ASTP rollout is S75-24007. The high-res version shows that the "shadow" is actually part of the support structure that extends vertically down the side of the VAB to the level of the mobile launcher crane.

The lightning mast is mentioned in a KSC news release dated March 2, 1975:

The new look will first be apparent shortly after the transporter moves the mobile launcher with the 224-foot-tall space vehicle just outside the floodlighted eastern face of the Vehicle Assembly Building at 2:00 a.m. on the morning of March 24.

There will be a five-hour pause at this point as KSC workmen lower and secure an 80-foot-tall fiberglass lightning mast into a circular slot on a platform above the hammerhead crane at the top of the launcher.

The mast will be lowered from a steel framework structure (dubbed variously "the laundry chute" and "bird cage") overhanging the top of the 456-foot-high door leading to the outside from High Bay 1.

At 7:00 a.m. -- mast firmly in place -- the transporter will begin the move to Pad B, on the rim of the Atlantic Ocean five miles to the northeast.

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