Remarks: Space Shuttle Discovery on its way up the hill at pad 39B for the second time during the STS-114 processing flow. Would spend just over a month on the pad before being launched on the succssful STS-114 mission July 26.
Remarks: 10:38:59 AM. STS-114 "Return-to-Flight" Mission. The STS-114 Return to Flight mission clears the tower and prepares for the roll maneuver. It is the first step in realizing America's Vision for Space Exploration, which calls for a stepping-stone strategy of human and robotic missions to achieve new exploration goals. The heat haze is an indication of the hot engine & Solid rocket booster gasses plus atmospheric effects.
Remarks: Overview of Kennedy Space Center. Launch Pad 39A & B can be seen to the left with the VAB and Shuttle Landing Facilities long runway seen in the middle.
Photo dedicated to rocket girl Kristin "Dooles" Williams.