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NASA Ships Retrieve Solid Rocket Boosters Following Final Shuttle Launch

Crew members of Liberty Star and Freedom Star, NASA's solid rocket booster (SRB) recovery ships pulled space shuttle Atlantis spent booster segments through Port Canaveral to Hangar AF on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on July 10 and 11. Atlantis launched on July 8 on the final Space Shuttle Program mission, STS-135. The boosters parachuted down into the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships were stationed about 10 miles from the splashdown area. After the spent segments are processed at Hangar AF, they will be transported to Utah, where they will be deserviced and stored, if needed.
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