Sure it’s an outdated technology (due to be replaced in 2014 with the Orion), but I gotta say: I still love me some Space Shuttle action. Even after all these years, there’s just something about it that screams ‘space is cool’ to me*.
Check out E30TECH’s sweet, sweet gallery of Space Shuttle assembly pics detailing how the external tanks are shipped and attached, as well as engine assembly.
You know what really blows my fragile little mind? The idea that for some of the people in these photos, they wake up every day and think ‘Dammit. I gotta go work on the Space Shuttle again…’ with all the enthusiasm a disgruntled register jockey at Safeway. How weird is that?
*As previously noted, I’m kinda gay for space.