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Astro-E2 was moved to the clean booth, for connection with third-stage rocket
After the final inspection and maintenance, Astro-E2 was moved from the satellite clean room to the clean booth, where it will be connected with the third-stage rocket.
Photo 1 shows that protection covers are attached around the Astro-E2 satellite on the transportation dolly.
Photo 1: Attaching protection covers around the Astro-E2
After everything is ready, Astro-E2 left the satellite clean room, and moved to the clean booth across the M assembly building (Photo 2).
Photo 2: Moving Astro-E2 satellite
Photo 3 shows the Astro-E2 satellite after settled in the clean booth. Behind the satellite, you can see a white cone. This is a nose faring of the M-V rocket. Note that the blue structure is a jig, not a flight item.
Photo 3: The Astro-E2 satellite in the clean booth
The third-stage rocket is also ready. The black part in Photo 4 is the third-stage rocket. The white cylindrical part is the top part of the second-stage rocket, and covers the third-stage nozzle.
Photo 4: The third-stage and second-stage rockets
ISAS/JAXA Department of High Energy Astrophysics
Last Modified: Friday, 17-Jun-2005 11:40:48 JST