Preparing for Discovery’s Next-to-Last Flight

Each frame of this stop-motion video is an picture of 1000 decisions.

In this unique time-lapse video created from thousands of individual frames, photographers Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman and Philip Scott Andrews condense six weeks of painstaking work into three minutes, 52 seconds (read here how they did it).

When it was done, Poindexter had what he’d wanted—a unique visual record of an intricate workflow that’s been going on at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for nearly 30 years—and, with the shuttle’s impending retirement, is about to come to an end.

It is rare that people take a step back and honor the processes that were put in place to make a complex endeavor, like the shuttle launch, happen in a matter of minutes.

*My apologies for embedding a video with a long 30 second ad. It was the only one I could find