Spacecraft Testing

Lifting the Spacecraft and Putting it in it's Transport Container

The spacecraft, having completed assembly (with the exception of the Thermal Emission Spectrometer and Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter), must be transported from the Space Sciences Building "High Bay" assembly area to facilities around the Lockheed Martin plant in Denver for various environmental tests. This is accomplished by lifting the spacecraft from its assembly cradle and putting it into a purged container. An excellent sequence of images showing this process can be found at URL Below are shown a few of the pictures from that site, noting where the MOC sits on the nadir equipment deck (still looking to zenith in these images).

Pre-lifting view of Spacecraft

Moving the Spacecraft to the Container

Three Spacecraft in the Container

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