Thursday, September 02, 2010
Launch pad 39B
Launch complex 39 includes the VAB and pads 39A and 39B. Built for the Apollo program in the 1960s, both were converted for Space Shuttle operations in the 1970s an early 1980s. The first Space Shuttle launch from pad 39B was the ill fated Challenger flight on January 28, 1986. Recently this pad has started undergoing changes including the addition of 3 lightning towers that now surround it. The changes were aimed at making it the launch pad for the Ares I and Orion spacecraft whose future is very uncertain at the moment. In the near future, the launch tower and rotating service structure on the pad will be demolished. The next time we visit KSC, probably for the launch of Endeavour early next year, this launch pad will look very different. This image was taken with the kit lens at 55mm focal length with an exposure of 1/160 seconds at f/8, ISO 100.