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heng44
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posted 06-30-2012 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Space Shuttle workers at Launch Pad 39A, protected against hydrazine fuel mishaps by 'splash suits', are pictured at the base of a solid rocket booster as they remove exhaust duct plugs for the auxiliary power unit that powers the booster's thrust vector control. Photo was taken five days before the launch of STS-1 in April 1981.

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garymilgrom
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posted 06-30-2012 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some brave workers. Is that a hold down assembly in the foreground?

heng44
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posted 06-30-2012 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it is. Hard to believe the whole stack is hanging on eight of these bolts...

buckeyecal
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posted 06-30-2012 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for buckeyecal   Click Here to Email buckeyecal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like one elaborate sand castle!!!!!

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 07-01-2012 01:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were a lot of people on 7 April 1981 (myself included (as unconnected to the space program as I was), and possibly the guys in the photo) wondering whether a stack like this would be capable of getting off the ground.

APG85
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posted 07-01-2012 02:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still amazing that the Shuttle was flown manned the first flight. I don't think we would consider doing that today...

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