NASA has posted a video documenting the elaborate recovery process for the Space Shuttle’s solid rocket boosters. This process is scheduled to occur just two more times, for the final two shuttle missions (STS 134 and 135.)
Following each space shuttle launch, crew members of Liberty Star and Freedom Star pull the spent boosters out of the ocean and return them to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Once they are processed, the boosters are transported to Utah, where they are refurbished and stored, if needed.
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