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Discovery at the Pad



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

*Discovery at the Pad* - 2 October 2007

Discovery sits atop of Launch Pad 39A. Image credit: NASA/George Shelton
+ View larger image 
<http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/170419main_07pd2636.jpg>

On Sunday, space shuttle Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's 
Kennedy Space Center, resting on the hardstand by 1:15 p.m. The shuttle 
began its slow 3.4-mile journey to the pad atop the crawler transporter 
at 6:47 a.m., leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building as the sun began to 
rise.

Also at the pad is the payload canister containing the Harmony module 
that the STS-120 crew will deliver to the International Space Station. 
Harmony will be installed in Discovery's payload bay as launch 
preparations continue at the pad.

Launch of Discovery and its seven-member crew is targeted 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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