"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean... Recently, we've managed to wade a little way out, and the water seems inviting." - Carl Sagan
Atlantis on Pad 39A
An intricate network of lighting plays across the 130 foot high Rotating Service Structure (RSS) in this dramatic night view of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on the Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A. Small human figures visible in silhouette emphasize the structure’s enormous scale. Seen here after rolling back before the shuttle’s launch, the RSS provides pre-launch access to the orbiter and its payload.
Image credit: NASA, Kim Shiflett