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Retro Space Pictures: Building Shuttle Atlantis

Moving Day

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Upon completion of Atlantis' assembly, the new orbiter is moved from Rockwell's Palmdale facility to NASA's Dryden Flight and Research Facility on April 9, 1985.

On the Move to Dryden

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Basked in sunlight, Atlantis is rolled to NASA's Dryden Flight and Research Facility on April 9, 1985.

Atlantis' Transport to Dryden

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Atlantis is transported from Rockwell's Palmdale plant to NASA's Dryden Flight and Research Facility in this photo from April 9, 1985.

Make Way

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Space shuttle coming through! The newly constructed shuttle Atlantis is transported from Rockwell's Palmdale plant to NASA's Dryden Flight and Research Facility in this photo from April 9, 1985.

A Historic Journey

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With its assembly complete, Atlantis makes its historic journey from Rockwell's Palmdale plant to NASA's Dryden Flight and Research Facility on April 9, 1985.

A Long Awaited Arrival

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Atlantis arrives at NASA's Dryden Flight and Research Facility on April 9, 1985.

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