Retro Space Pictures: Building Shuttle Atlantis

Atlantis' Left Wing Panel Installation

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Installation of a panel on Atlantis' left wing continues at Rockwell's Palmdale plant on Oct. 26, 1982.

Atlantis' Left Wing Glove Inspected

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Engineers inspect Atlantis' left wing glove prior to its installation. This photo was taken at Rockwell's Palmdale facility on Oct. 12, 1982.

Inital Fabrication and Assembly of Atlantis' Upper Fuselage

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The initial fabrication and assembly of Atlantis' upper fuselage continues at the Rockwell Downey facility on Sept. 21, 1982.

Atlantis' Engineers From Above

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An overhead shot of shuttle engineers as they prepare to install Atlantis' right inboard elevon at Rockwell's Palmdale facility on Nov. 22, 1982.

Preparations Continue

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Preparations continue on Atlantis' aft fuselage for its delivery to Rockwell, Palmdale from Rockwell, Downey in May 1983.

Construction Underway

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Construction of Atlantis' lower forward fuselage was well underway on Nov. 8, 1983 at Rockwell's Palmdale plant.

Atlantis' Aft Fuselage Prepared for Delivery

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Engineers prepare Atlantis' aft fuselage for delivery to Rockwell's Palmdale facility from the Downey plant on May 21, 1983.

Assembly of Atlantis' Forward Reaction Control System

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Atlantis' forward reaction control system is assembled at Rockwell's Palmdale facility in this photo from Oct. 6, 1983.

President Reagan with Atlantis

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President Reagan stands in front of Atlantis' aft fuselage at Rockwell's Downey facility in this photo from May 25, 1982.

Atlantis' Delivery from Palmdale

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Atlantis' mid fuselage is delivered to Rockwell's Palmdale plant from General Dynamics.

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