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NASA Releases First Ever Video of Inside of Space Shuttle After Landing

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.

Or, who knows, Atlantis might fly one more mission. We’ll see.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Craigboy June 8, 2010, 12:35 PM

    So many switches…but that would still be an amazing job.

  • Olaf June 8, 2010, 1:52 PM

    That thing just came out of space!

  • Aqua June 8, 2010, 2:44 PM

    The duct taped wires are a little disconcerting… I wonder what those are for? Jumper cables?

  • Emilio June 9, 2010, 4:14 AM

    >So many switches

    Well, what do you expect, shuttle is 30 years old! And, look at all those support personals needed to drag that thing back to the hanger. How many NASA engineer do you need to change a light bulb in a shuttle? Don’t ask. That is why shuttle is so expensive to fly.

    And, come on, duct tape is a high tech aerospace fastening device.

    But still, it’s impressive.

  • stan9fos June 9, 2010, 4:16 AM

    My Inner Space Geek will be smiling for the rest of the day.