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Hank Plumley
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Photographer centered on Aviation and the desert southwest, Vegas in particular
Photographer centered on Aviation and the desert southwest, Vegas in particular

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KSC Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) group conducted a stacking exercise with the Launch Abort System (LAS) Pathfinder and Crew Module (CM) Pathfinder. The goal was to evaluate potential spacecraft stacking methods in the Vehicle Assembly Building and to train crane operators, riggers, and technicians. 
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Pathfinder stacking operations at KSC
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Added a few new #photos  of #pelicans  
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The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft in SpaceX’s hangar! Just T-4 days until launch, targeted for this Friday March 1 at 10:10AM ET.
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Endeavour flashback:
June 30, 2008 - In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, technicians prepare to install the first of three main engines on space shuttle Endeavour. The scheduled launch vehicle for the STS-126 mission, Endeavour’s crew will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module carrying equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts126/multimedia/gallery/08-06-30.html
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Space History Photo: James B. Irwin took this photo of David R. Scott as he gives a salute while standing beside the U.S. flag during the Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA), in August of 1971. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2kxp
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Shadows across Jupiter

Two dark shadows loom across the banded and mottled cloud tops of +Jupiter in this sharp telescopic view. In fact, captured on January 3, 2013, about a month after the ruling gas giant appeared at opposition in planet Earth's sky, the scene includes the shadow casters. Visible in remarkable detail at the left are the large Galilean moons +Ganymede (top) and +Io. With the two moon shadows still in transit, Jupiter's rapid rotation has almost carried its famous Great Red Spot (GRS) around the planet's limb from the right. The pale GRS was preceded by the smaller but similar hued Oval BA, dubbed Red Spot Jr., near top center. North is down in the inverted image.

Source: http://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2013/02/shadows-across-jupiter.html
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Chandra Flashback of the Day

NGC 3576: Massive Stars Revealed by Chandra  
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/ngc3576/

Chandra's image of NGC 3576 (lower-energy X-rays in red, higher-energy X-rays in blue) reveals a cluster of point-like X-ray sources, some of which are massive young stars that are shredding the gas cloud from which they formed. Because NGC 3576 is very dense, many of the young, massive stars visible in the Chandra image have previously been hidden from view. A cluster of stars is visible in infrared observations, but not enough young, massive stars have been identified to explain the brightness of the nebula. Regions of diffuse X-ray emission are likely caused by hot winds flowing away from the most massive stars.

(Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/L.Townsley et al.)
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