I'm a sucker for the shuttle. So here it is:
This is STS-123 on Launch Pad 39B. STS stands for Shuttle Transportation System, this is the official term to describe "the stack" of the solid rocket boosters, external tank and orbiter.
Pad 39B and Pad 39A will both be modified to handle the ARES rockets over the next ten years.
This shot was about a mile and a half away from the pad. The closest anyone could get without having to talk to a guard with a submachine gun. On launch day you can't get closer than 5 miles if you aren't taking a ride on that bad boy or helping the astronauts get in.
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