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Buckled In and Sealed Tight



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/ #31468

    
     Buckled In and Sealed Tight

A view of the astronauts seated in Discovery's mid-deck. Image above: 
Everything -- and everyone -- looks good on Discovery's mid-deck. Image 
credit: NASA/KSC

NASA's two Solid Rocket Booster retrieval ships, Freedom Star and 
Liberty Star, are reporting to be in position for launch. Both ships are 
currently on station 140 nautical miles out in the Atlantic Ocean to the 
east of Jacksonville, Fla. The ships will tow the boosters back to 
Kennedy Space Center following each rocket's 7-minute descent into the 
ocean. The ships and their cargo are expected to arrive at the Center at 
7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

Today's launch time is precisely calculated for 10:39:00 a.m. EDT.

Watch Space Shuttle Discovery's countdown to liftoff with the
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