Air Force Photos

Evening light begins to fade at NASA's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (later redesignated Armstrong Flight Research Center), Edwards, Calif., as technicians begin the task of mounting the Space Shuttle Atlantis atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for the ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., following its STS-44 flight Nov. 24 through Dec. 1, 1991. After 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program. (NASA courtesy photo)

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