Go For Launch!

In this unique time-lapse video created from thousands of individual frames, photographers Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman and Philip Scott Andrews condense six weeks of painstaking work into three minutes, 52 seconds. The action starts in the hangar-like Orbiter Processing Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center, where Discovery has been outfitted for its STS-131 mission. The vehicle is then towed to the 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building, hoisted into a vertical position and lowered onto its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters. Then its off to the pad on the giant Mobile Launcher Platform, where the shuttle is encased in its protective Rotating Service Structure until just before launch on April 5, 2010. The film ends with a glimpse of Discovery and the STS-131 astronauts coming in for a landing 15 days later, back in Florida where it all started. Video: Scott Andrews/Stan Jirman/Philip Scott Andrews (3:52)

Latest Videos

Preview thumbnail for video'Why the Apollo 11 Crew Was Quarantined Upon Return
Why the Apollo 11 Crew Was Quarantined Upon Return (2:59)
Preview thumbnail for video'How Neil Armstrong Trained to Land the Lunar Module
How Neil Armstrong Trained to Land the Lunar Module (2:13)
Preview thumbnail for video'Why Interest in Space Travel Waned After Apollo 11
Why Interest in Space Travel Waned After Apollo 11 (2:48)
Preview thumbnail for video'“An Engineering Masterpiece”
“An Engineering Masterpiece” (2:29)
Preview thumbnail for video'TESS Telescope View of the Sky
TESS Telescope View of the Sky (0:26)
Preview thumbnail for video'Chris Hadfield On the Asteroid Threat
Chris Hadfield On the Asteroid Threat (6:44)
Preview thumbnail for video'Excerpt:
Excerpt: "A Cruise to the Stars" (13:54)
Preview thumbnail for video'STS-1: The First Shuttle Landing
STS-1: The First Shuttle Landing (5:55)
Preview thumbnail for video'Intelsat Rescue
Intelsat Rescue (5:28)