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Click to enlargeSTS055 Columbia Launch Photo

STS055 Columbia Launch
Date Taken: 05/06/1993

STS-55 Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, lifts off from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex (LC) Pad 39A at 10:50 am (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)). This wide shot of the launch pad and surrounding area shows OV-102, atop its external tank (ET) and flanked by two solid rocket boosters (SRBs), as it rises into the sky. The fixed service structure (FSS) tower and retracted rotating service structure (RSS) appear at the left. An exhaust cloud fills the launch pad area. The glow of the SRB and space shuttle main engine (SSME) firings is reflected in a waterway in the foreground.


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