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Photo Album of MGS Spacecraft

Assembly, Testing, Arrival and Launch Operations


The pages listed below contain pictures of the MGS spacecraft as it has been built up from its component pieces, been tested, moved to the Cape from Denver and some of the final preparations for launch. The collections are listed in chronological order.

Please choose from: Assembly, Testing, Arrival, or Launch




During the environmental test phase, the spacecraft was subjected to simulations of the harsh launch environment, and readied for a two week trial in a large vacuum chamber that will simulate the conditions in space. These pictures of the final system tests in Denver show some of the activities involved in acoustic and thermal-vacuum testing (Linked page contains this image plus 8 related images).


The spacecraft was spin-balanced and the inertial properties measured with the tanks full of isopropyl alcohol. These movies show the spacecraft spinning at 20 rpm! Same movie, two formats: 663k Quicktime movie or 816k MPEG movie


The spacecraft has successfully passed all environmental tests and is now ready to ship to the Cape! The MGS spacecraft will be shipped from Denver to the Cape in a USAF C-17. These pictures of the fit checks show some of the preparations to insure readiness for the flight (Linked page contains this image and 8 related images).