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Discovery's Launch Preparations Continue



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
25 SEPTEMBER 2007

	
  	*Discovery's Launch Preparations Continue*

Space Shuttle Discovery A fish-eye view shows space shuttle Discovery on 
the mobile launch platform inside the cavernous Vehicle Assembly 
Building. Image credit: NASA/Troy Cryder
+ View larger image 
<http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/170419main_fisheye-lg.jpg>

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in 
Florida, technicians have attached Discovery to the external fuel tank 
and twin solid rocket boosters atop the mobile launch platform, as 
launch processing continues.

Discovery is currently scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A aboard 
the crawler transporter on Sept. 30. In advance of the space shuttle's 
arrival, technicians will transfer to the launch pad the payload 
canister containing the International Space Station's Harmony module. 
Discovery's launch on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23.

*Mission Information*
+ STS-120 Mission Overview 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts120/index.html>
+ Harmony Node 2 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/behindscenes/harmony_payload.html> 

+ Space Shuttle Discovery 
<http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/discovery-info.html> 



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