Hours before dawn, the payload canister transporter delivers its cargo (lower left) to Launch Pad 39B, below the Rotating Service Structure (RSS). Inside the canister is the Chandra X-ray Observatory, primary payload on mission STS-93, scheduled to launch no earlier than July 20 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia (right). The canister will be lifted up to the Payload Changeout Room in the RSS where it will be relieved of its cargo. After the RSS rotates to a position behind Columbia, the observatory will then be installed vertically in the orbiter payload bay. 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. (Photo Release Date: 06/24/1999 )
KSC-99PP-0767 - Raw ASCII Text Caption file
KSC-99PP-0767 - Low (GIF Format, 320x240 pixels x 256 colors, approx 50 Kbytes)
KSC-99PP-0767 - Medium (JPEG format, 1024x768 pixels x 256 colors, approx 250 Kbytes)
KSC-99PP-0767 - High (JPEG, 2040x2640 pixels x 16 million colors, approx 400 Kbytes)
STS-93 KSC Photo IndexNext Image KSC-99PP-0768
DISCLAIMER: No copyright protection is asserted for these photographs.