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Retro Space Pictures: Building Shuttle Atlantis

Atlantis Gets Its Name

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The space shuttle Atlantis gets its name at Rockwell's Palmdale plant in this image from March 15, 1985.

Atlantis' Upper Forward Fuselage Canopy

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Atlantis' upper forward fuselage canopy is seen in this photo that was taken on Aug. 5, 1982 at the Rockwell International facilities.

Shuttle Engineers Work on Atlantis' Aft Fuselage

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Shuttle engineers at Rockwell work on the initial fabrication and assembly of Atlantis' aft fuselage in August 1982.

Atlantis' Crew Module in Transit

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Shuttle Atlantis' crew module is transported to Rockwell's vacuum chamber test cell, at the Downey facility on March 31, 1983.

Atlantis' Upper Forward Aft Fuselage Assembled

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An upper section of the shuttle Atlantis' aft fuselage is being assembled in this photo that was taken on Aug. 5, 1982.

Atlantis' Vertical Stabilizer Delivery

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Atlantis' tail section, which is also called a vertical stabilizer, is delivered to the Rockwell plant for assembly in Aug. 1982.

Vacuum Test on Atlantis' Crew Module

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Atlantis' crew module is carefully installed into the vacuum chamber test cell at Rockwell's plant in this photo from March 31, 1983.

Engineers Watch Atlantis' Vertical Stabilizer Delivery

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Engineers look on during the delivery of Atlantis' vertical stabilizer tail section.

Atlantis' Payload Bay Doors Delivery

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Atlantis' payload bay doors were delivered to Rockwell's Palmdale, Calif. facility from Tulsa, Okla. This photo was taken on Sept. 9, 1982.

Atlantis' Payload Bay Door Delivery

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One of Atlantis' payload bay doors is seen in this image from its delivery to Rockwell's Palmdale plant in Sept. 1982.

Atlantis' Fit Check

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Engineers and technicians perform a fit check of Atlantis' upper forward fuselage and lower forward fuselage with the crew module installed in this photo from Jan. 12, 1983.

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