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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-25-2014 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The space shuttle-era Mate-Demate Device (MDD) located at one end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is being dismantled.

The gantry-like crane that was used to hoist the orbiters on and off the space agency's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, was the second MDD built after the original at NASA Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center in California (which was also recently demolished).

Work to dismantle Kennedy's MDD is expected to be complete by Nov. 23, 2014.

NASA astronaut Victor Glover noted the crane's status on Twitter:

Say goodbye to the crane used to mate the Shuttle Orbiter to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-28-2014 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The dismantling (and apparently toppling) has begun:

Chuckster01
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posted 10-28-2014 05:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuckster01   Click Here to Email Chuckster01     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has there been any arrangement made to offer pieces of the gantry for keepsakes, such as previous launch platforms?

I for one would love to have a piece for my collection.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-28-2014 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recent NASA demolition contracts (e.g. Pad 39B's fixed and rotating service structures) directed all of the scrap metal be recycled, specifically forbidding any components to be saved or presented as artifacts or mementos due to federal restrictions.

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