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For the final time in history, a space shuttle is placed in the vertical position for attachment to the solid rocket boosters and external tank that will take it into space. Inside the mammoth 525-foot cube-shaped Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), Atlantis is hoisted by sling, rotated to the vertical, and lifted nearly to the ceiling before being lowered and bolted to the stack. Never agin will this feet involving the 12-story, 100-ton spaceship be accomplished.