Service Structure Rollback

For reasons I still do not understand, we were all bussed back along the Saturn Causeway to the News Center at 9 am, only to return to the pad at 9:30 am. After a wait the huge structure began to swing open in a clockwise direction. Little by little, the gleaming white of the Discovery's back and wings came into view. Eventually the entire STS 131 stack was revealed to our admiring stares.

Below is a sequence of photos of the Service Stucture rotating to expose the Discovery just 21 hours before launch.

Animation of Rotation of the Service Structure.

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