Team Rescue supports historic shuttle launch

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing out of nearby Patrick Air Force base, look on as Space Shuttle Discovery sits majestically on the pad here prior to her last lift off. The Reserve Airmen provide NASA space shuttle support operations. Not only does aircraft maintenance keep Airmen on the go prior to and immediately after space shuttle launches, but as the rescue force charged as guardians of the astronauts, they must be prepared for taking off in their HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters or HC-130P/N King aircraft to deliver recovery specialists, known as pararescuemen, to save the astronauts life wherever they end up. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Matthew C. Simpson)

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