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Dawn, Friday June 17, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39-A. Atlantis is on the pad, and the RSS (rotating service structure) is open. During the night the final payload in the shuttle program arrived at the pad ready to be placed in the Atlantis cargo bay.

The media and KSC employees were invited to visit 39-A on Friday, June 17, 2011.

Shuttles were launched from either Pad 39-A or Pad 39-B during the shuttle program from 1981 to 2011. Today only Pad 39-A remains.

Pad 39-B was in the process of being repurposed for the Constellation program, when President Obama canceled the Constellation program, reinstated it, and then canceled it again.

The future of both Pad 39-A and the now demolished Pad 39-B, like the future of the American spaceport at Kennedy Space Center, is uncertain.

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Current header Photograph, Atlantis on Launch Pad 39-A, June 1, 2011. Photograph, Copyright 2011 by Anthony Achilles. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without written permission of the photographer

The Shuttle Atlantis completed its trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39-A shortly before 4 am, June 1, 2011. Lift-off from Pad 39-A will be no earlier than July 8, 2011, according to NASA.

Shortly after sunrise, with the Atlantis now on the Pad, but before the RSS cloaked her, the media was invited to visit her, go up on the RSS structure and photograph her.

The weather intervened. Some, but not all of the media taken to the Pad, were allowed up on the structure. These photographs are courtesy of Anthony Achilles, one of the few media who photographed Atlantis, and one of the few media ever allowed up onto the top of the RSS.

These extraordinary photographs are reproduced here through courtesy of an extraordinary photographer.

Looking down at the Atlantis from the top of the RSS at Launch Pad 39-A. Copyright 2011 by Anthony Achilles. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without written permission of the photographer.


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Looking down at the Atlantis from the top of the RSS at Launch Pad 39-A. Copyright 2011 by Anthony Achilles. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without written permission of the photographer.


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Photographer Anthony Achilles on top of the RSS at Launch Pad 39-A. The Atlantic Ocean is visible in the upper left of this photograph. Copyright 2011 by Anthony Achilles. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without written permission of the photographer.

The photographs in this post, Copyright 2011 by Anthony Achilles. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without written permission of the photographer

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