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More: USA - Florida, April 21, 2010
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OV-104 (cn OV-104) Workers look on as Space Shuttle Atlantis, bathed in spotlights, emerges from the VAB for the final time: In preparation for STS-132, the final mission for the 25-year-old orbiter, Atlantis, standing 19 stories tall and 25 stories atop the massive crawler transporter and mobile launch platform, begins the trek to Pad 39A from the 525-foot Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:31pm EDT April 21. Giant xenon spotlights bathe the shuttle for crowds on her ultimate mission.
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A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu April 4, 2013:
Reminds me of Tintin: 'Destination Moon'! Need I say how Incredible with capital I this photo is..? I even can't find my words...

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue February 14, 2012:
You are an artist!

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 14, 2011:
Well Ben, maybe now you will have some time to work on your book?

I just hope NASA has figured out something to use the VAB for; what an amazing building!

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 26, 2011:
This reminds me of a rock star who has just walked out on stage.

A visitor from United States posted Fri February 11, 2011:
I have run out of adjectives to describe this amazing photo.
Just think...In just a very short time, shots such as this will be relegated to history. The only orbiters will be sitting in front of museums......wonder what they will do with the VAB, that magnificent crawler / launch pad, ( and all of those talented workers )?

A visitor from - posted Fri January 21, 2011:
Fantastic pic i wished that spotlight could have set just behind the rocket.

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 1, 2010:

A visitor from El Salvador posted Thu September 16, 2010:
Wonderfull picture!! .. awesome... to be honest i cant find any more words to describe the pic ... =')

A visitor from France posted Tue June 8, 2010:
Excellent !!! A unique picture !!! No one do it o good ! 5 stars !

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 29, 2010:
It's harder to see in the photo, but if you want scale...that white thing to the left of the shuttle on the ground, is a pickup truck.

In addition, in the higher-res version, you can see two people standing just in front of the crawler (between crawler and camera) on the left side, second tread).

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 28, 2010:
This is an amazing photo - especially the light and the men in the foreground to lend scale, as if the lighting didn't already convey a surreal feeling.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 16, 2010:
Only in America, what a photo. It captures the wonder and spirit of travel to another world. Someone commented earlier that " and too think they want to shut NASA down" Obama doesn't want to shut it down completely. He just wants to gut it till its close to death. Its part of his "redistribution of wealth" plan. God help America and NASA to survive long enough to outlast his tenure in office.

A visitor from India posted Mon May 10, 2010:
What a composition! Thanks.

A visitor from - posted Mon May 3, 2010:
And they want to shut down NASA!!! This photo clearly states why they shouldn't. Nice photo!!!

A visitor from Canada posted Sun May 2, 2010:
Amazing photograph on many levels.

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 1, 2010:
This is an amazing shot. Overall it depicts the amazing engineering feat that is the Space Shuttle

A visitor from - posted Sat May 1, 2010:
When you think this guy has uploaded everything he got, he comes again and brings us this shot.
Keep them coming, Ben!! Please!

A visitor from - posted Sat May 1, 2010:
That is simply an amazing shot! human inginuity, perserverance, and mans dream of exploration all in one scene... reasons why this program should be CONTINUED not shelved...


A visitor from United States posted Sat May 1, 2010:
Spectacular! Like curtains opening to reveal the star on stage. With its palette of cool colors, strong backlighting on the main subject and theatrical scale, this could easily be a shot from a Spielberg movie. Bravo, indeed.
Alberto, NYC

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A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 1, 2010:
Fantastic shot of Atlantis leaving the VAB! What an amazing view!

A visitor from - posted Sat May 1, 2010:
This is really cool.bailey van.4th grader.

A visitor from - posted Sat May 1, 2010:
Very unique shot! -Ron

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 1, 2010:
Pretty good eye there ... The best!

Rgds from ZRH


A visitor from United States posted Sat May 1, 2010:
Ben, awesome shot!!! Nothing else to say, bro, but keep it up.

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