Aviation Photo #1775579
Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA
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"Atlantis" on her "final" trek home after "safing" which is an extensive process involving taking the astros out and capturing any toxic and/or flammable gases/liquids such as hydrogen and hydrazine. The umbilical cords in the back provide power and other support to keep the systems onboard running until she can be connected to ground power inside the OPF#2. In the months since this picture was taken, NASA budget and Congress authorized one last mission for her. So the fat lady has not sung for "Atlantis'
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