Shuttle hoisted by heavy-duty crane
BY STEPHEN CLARK
Posted: March 1, 2011
Space shuttle Endeavour was raised almost to the ceiling of the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building by a 325-ton heavy-lifting crane. The lift operation began at about 11 a.m. EST Tuesday.
The crane hoisted the orbiter just shy of the VAB's 52-story ceiling, then the space plane was translated over the transom into the building's northeast high bay, where the shuttle's external tank and twin solid rocket boosters are stacked on a mobile launch platform.
The shuttle is being prepared to blast off April 19 on its 25th and final mission. Endeavour and its six-person crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and a cache of supplies to the International Space Station.
Photo credit: Spaceflight Now