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The Rotating Service Structure is retracted from around Atlantis about 21 hours prior to launch, as the sun then goes down and the powerful xenon spotlights are turned on at Launch Complex 39A. One of five 260-pound IMAX 3D cameras is also on hand to capture the event, part of the filming for the 2010 movie on the STS-125 mission "Hubble 3D."
Four people carry the giant camera on their shoulders: