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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls to Vehicle AssemblyBuilding



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Nov. 1, 2006
> Katherine Trinidad 
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-3749 
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> Jessica Rye 
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
> 321-867-2468 
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> NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ROLLS TO VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING
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> NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery completed one milestone and is nearing 
> another as workers prepare the orbiter for a December 7th launch to the 
> International Space Station. 
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> On Tuesday night, drivers moved Discovery from the shuttle processing 
> facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space 
> Center in Florida. Discovery, perched on top of the giant, 76-wheel 
> orbiter transporter system, began moving out of the facility at 9:23 
> p.m. EST.
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> In the assembly building, technicians attached Discovery to its 
> propulsion elements, an external fuel tank and twin solid rocket 
> boosters. Following those operations, final integration, preparations 
> and closeouts began in preparation for flight.
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> Discovery's next milestone is the 4.2-mile trip to Launch Pad 39B in 
> preparation for its mission, designated STS-116. During the 11-day 
> mission, the shuttle's seven astronauts will rewire the station to 
> bring online new power supplies generated by solar arrays installed 
> in September.
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> NASA TV will provide live coverage of Discovery's move to the launch 
> pad beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m. EST. For NASA TV downlink, streaming 
> video and scheduling information, visit: 
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> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv  
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> For more information on the STS-116 mission and crew, visit: 
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> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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