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Launch Preparations Continue



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468    
     Launch Preparations Continue

Space Shuttle Discovery behind the rotating service structure at Launch 
Pad 39B.
Image above: The rotating service structure is in place around Space 
Shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad 39B, leaving only the top of the 
external tank and boosters visible. Image Credit: NASA
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TO:http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.htm

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the P5 truss segment and 
SPACEHAB single logistics module are tucked away and awaiting launch 
inside Space Shuttle Discovery's payload bay. The payload bay doors were 
closed for flight on Nov. 16.

The STS-116 crew participated in a launch dress rehearsal and simulated 
countdown earlier that day, wrapping up the four-day terminal countdown 
demonstration test that took place at Kennedy from Nov. 13-16.

The next major prelaunch milestone is the Flight Readiness Review, set 
for Nov. 28-29. The STS-116 mission will be the 20th flight to the 
International Space Station. The launch window opens Dec. 7.
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