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SHUTTLE DISCOVERY AT LAUNCH PAD



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Oct. 1, 2007

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-3749
katherine.trinidad@nasa.gov 

Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
allard.beutel@nasa.gov 


SHUTTLE DISCOVERY AT LAUNCH PAD; LAUNCH DRESS REHEARSAL NEXT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With space shuttle Discovery now at its launch 
pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the next major milestone for the 
upcoming STS-120 mission is a full launch dress rehearsal.

The shuttle arrived at the pad near noon EDT Sunday on top of a giant 
vehicle called the crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter began 
carrying Discovery out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 6:47 
a.m., traveling less than 1 mph during the 3.4 mile journey. 
Discovery was firmly on the launch pad, or hard down, at 1:15 p.m.

Discovery is targeted to launch Oct. 23 on a 14-day mission to the 
International Space Station. The shuttle's seven crew members will 
add a module to the space station that will serve as a port for 
installing additional international laboratories. The crew also will 
move the station's first set of solar arrays to a permanent location 
and redeploy them.

Discovery's crew members are Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka 
and mission specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug 
Wheelock, Daniel Tani and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency. 
Tani will remain aboard the station and return with the STS-122 crew, 
targeted to launch Dec. 6. Current station Flight Engineer Clayton 
Anderson will return to Earth aboard Discovery. 

The STS-120 astronauts and ground crews will participate in a launch 
dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, 
or TCDT, from Oct. 7 to 10 at Kennedy. The test provides each shuttle 
crew with an opportunity to participate in various simulated 
countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and 
emergency training.

Oct. 7 - STS-120 Crew Arrival: The crew will arrive at 7 p.m. at the 
Shuttle Landing Facility and make a statement. The arrival will not 
be broadcast live but will be part of the NASA TV Video File.

Oct. 9 - STS-120 Crew Media Q&A: The crew will take media questions at 
Launch Pad 39A at 8:15 a.m. The session will be carried live on NASA 
TV.

Oct. 10 - STS-120 Crew Walkout Photo Opportunity: The astronauts will 
depart from the Operations and Checkout Building at 7:45 a.m. in 
their flight entry suits in preparation for the countdown 
demonstration test at the launch pad. The walkout will not be 
broadcast live but will be part of the NASA TV Video File. 

Video b-roll of the terminal countdown demonstration test will be 
available on the NASA TV Video File. For NASA TV downlink 
information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about the STS-120 mission and crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

	
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