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Photos: Atop NASA's Huge Mobile Launch Tower

Sunset From Atop the Mobile Launcher

Mike Wall/SPACE.com

The sun hangs just above the horizon in this shot. In the foreground is a lightning tower; behind it in the distance is the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building, where Saturn 5 rockets were put together and space shuttle orbiters were mated with their boosters and external fuel tanks.

Clouds Blaze Bright at Launchpad 39B

Mike Wall/SPACE.com

The setting sun sets the clouds ablaze in this shot, taken from near the base of NASA's mobile launch tower.

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Mike Wall
SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for Space.com since 2010. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.