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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Technicians do fit checks prior to installing windows into the Orion capsule inside the Operations and Checkout Facility at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.
NASA

Photos of the Day... While work continues on prepping the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle for its first voyage into space on 2014's Exploration Flight Test-1 mission, today marks the one-year anniversary since Atlantis brought STS-135 and the space shuttle program to a successful end with Atlantis' safe landing at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The image above shows fit checks being done on Orion prior to its windows being attached inside the Operations and Checkout Facility at KSC. The last two pics of this entry show the engraved marker (which was installed on June 28) that commemorates where Atlantis came to a stop at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility last summer. Similar markers for the final missions of Discovery (on STS-133) and Endeavour (on STS-134) are also placed on the 3-mile-long runway.

Space shuttle Atlantis lands at KSC for the final time, on July 21, 2011.
NASA / Frank Michaux

A marker commemorating where Atlantis came to a stop on KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) on July 21, 2011 is installed within the concrete of the 3-mile-long runway (on June 28, 2012).
NASA / Charisse Nahser

A marker commemorating where Atlantis came to a stop on KSC's SLF on July 21, 2011 is installed within the concrete of the 3-mile-long runway (on June 28, 2012).
NASA

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