They still call it “stacking”. Very cool pictures via The Eternal Golden Braid. There’s more where this came from, so go check them out.

I didn’t know they lifted the orbiter so high above the ET/SRB assembly. What’s the purpose of that? Just to get it over to the other side? Or just because they’ve got a building that could stack Starun Vs if we had them, and they want to show off their crane?

It’s no secret that I’m no real fan of the Space Shuttle program (since it means the exclusion of almost everything else), but there’s no doubt that I am a fan of US manned space flight. Since the shuttle is where it’s at, I’m pulling for them.

UPDATE: Ooops. Had missed this.

NASA Postpones US Space Shuttle Launch To May 22


  1. If I’m not mistaken, it’s still pretty cramped in the VAB, even though it’s so massive. There’s probably no way to get to the other side. And it likely faces that way so that it could face the ‘right way’ when it gets to the launch pad, without turning around. But that is a stunning picture.

  2. Haha, I said something wrong. The shuttle doesen’t need to ‘get to the other side’, it’s attached to the ET on the side away from the main door. (ie, the side we see in the pic.) But it looks like they’re going over that beam.