Photos: Atop NASA's Huge Mobile Launch Tower

Sunset From Atop the Mobile Launcher

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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

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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
Senior Space Writer

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. 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.