“Ice Team” Inspects NASA’s Shuttle Atlantis During STS-132 Launch Countdown


At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the Final Inspection Team, also known as the “Ice Team,” performs a walkdown of Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A during space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-132 launch countdown on May 14. The six-member team walks on every level of the pad’s fixed service structure, inspecting the shuttle, external fuel tank, solid rocket boosters, pad structure and ground equipment for signs of ice buildup, debris or anything else that might be amiss prior to launch. As part of the inspection, photos are taken and transmitted to the launch team for review.
A videographer for NASA was included as a member of the team to capture the first-ever up close, high-definition video of this important and hazardous inspection process.

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  1. I am surprised these guys didn't have ANY protective gear – no clear glasses, no helmets, no headphones to protect ears from this incredible noise… Safety standards were not that high in 2010?

  2. Pretty shoddy health and safety……those guys working under fully fuelled tanks with excessive noise and steam…..wheres the personal protective equipment? Mask, hearing protection etc?

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