Seeing the Space Shuttle, Coco Beach FL

This is an actual photo that I took of the Space Shuttle about 18 years ago.

I was asked to go to NASA Cape Canaveral in Coco Beach Florida to work on some network troubleshooting and repairs and I ended up working onsite in the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) where I got to see the Space Shuttle being setup and put onto the giant mover that rolls the shuttle from the VAB out to the launch site 3 miles away.

Earlier in the week I drove out to the launch site to see the shuttle all setup on the rocket ready to go – I need to find those photos to post those someday.

Later in the week I was invited to watch the launch and got to see it closer then even the media is allowed to go.

On the Sunday before the launch I got asked if I’d like to go up on the rocket gantry/tower and check out the Shuttle up close and personal – heck yes! They outfitted me in a jumpsuit and taped up the wrist cuffs and ankle cuffs to prevent anything from falling onto the shuttle and I was not allowed to carry anything with me other then my camera.

Went up the elevator and got to walk out and look DOWN on the shuttle – it was scary, there were no safety rails to keep you from falling so I carefully inched my way out to the edge and took this photo of the shuttle looking down on it.  I wish it was more in focus but I imagine my hands were a bit shaky while trying to not fall and take the photo at the same time.

I’ve taken thousands upon thousands of photos over the years and this photo I took below remains one of my all time favorites. I’m glad I got to see the shuttle program while it still existed.



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