The payload canister transporter that brought the Chandra X-ray Observatory to Launch Pad 39B waits while the payload canister is lifted up the Rotating Service Structure above it. Umbilical hoses are still attached during the process, maintaining a controlled environment during the transfer. At left is seen a part of the Space Shuttle Columbia, which will carry the observatory into space. The world's most powerful X-ray telescope, Chandra will allow scientists from around the world to see previously invisible black holes and high-temperature gas clouds, giving the observatory the potential to rewrite the books on the structure and evolution of our universe. Chandra is scheduled for launch no earlier than July 20 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia, on mission STS-93. (Photo Release Date: 06/24/1999 )

KSC-99PP-0765 - Raw ASCII Text Caption file
KSC-99PP-0765 - Low (GIF Format, 320x240 pixels x 256 colors, approx 50 Kbytes)
KSC-99PP-0765 - Medium (JPEG format, 1024x768 pixels x 256 colors, approx 250 Kbytes)
KSC-99PP-0765 - High (JPEG, 2040x2640 pixels x 16 million colors, approx 400 Kbytes)

STS-93 KSC Photo IndexNext Image KSC-99PP-0766

DISCLAIMER: No copyright protection is asserted for these photographs.

If a recognizable person appears in this photograph, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA of a commercial product. These photographs are available for preview and download in electronic digital form ONLY. They may not be ordered from NASA in photograph form. (See NASA Copyright Notice)