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NASA has released the first-ever up close video available for the public, taken from inside a space shuttle after landing, showing the checkout procedures and the "towback" to the Orbiter Processing Facility. It was taken on May 26, 2010 following shuttle Atlantis' landing following the STS-132 mission. Following every shuttle landing, about 150 trained workers assist the crew out and prepare the shuttle for towing atop a large diesel-driven tractor to the OPF. The video, which includes views of Atlantis' hatch opening and closing from the inside, shows United Space Alliance employees inside Atlantis' crew compartment working through an extensive checklist to "safe" the spacecraft for towback from Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility runway to Orbiter Processing Facility-1. Inside the facility, Atlantis will be prepared for the Launch On Need mission, in the unlikely event it is needed as a rescue spacecraft for the final planned shuttle flight, Endeavour's STS-134 mission.
Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
I know exactly what happens after the shuttle lands.
They sneak the astro-nots back on board through a hatch hidden in the runway, then they make a big show of them stepping out the main hatch to smile for all the cameras.
Amazing the things they can do by remote control these days.
Originally posted by ngchunter
Do you actually believe this or is it sarcasm? I thought you were being sarcastic the first time I noticed you called them "astro-nots" but now it's entering "poe's law" territory.
Originally posted by theability
reply to post by majestictwo
Great movie! The part were they get a nice ride back to the OPF is cool I wish I had gotten that ride!