Gallery: NASA's space shuttles get taken apart

The Space Shuttle program might be long over, but the spacecraft still needed to be readied for retirement. They need to be cleaned of toxic space goo, have their main engines replaced with replicas and have all types of technical folk poke at them to keep them from flying off into space in the middle of the night.

We've already showed you the 21 critical steps to getting a space shuttle ready for launch, now follow the shuttle through to see how it's decommissioned and carted off to museums across the U.S. for a hard-earned rest.

There are tons more photos over at The Atlantic, so be sure to give them a visit if want to see how the entire space shuttle decommissioning process unfolds. Trust me, it's worth it, if just for ogling all the shuttle porn.

Via The Atlantic

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