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STS-120 Payload in Place



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C#31468
3 OCTOBER 2007

  	*Payload in Place*

On Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the payload 
for mission STS-120 has been installed in space station Discovery's 
cargo bay. The payload includes the Italian-built U.S. Harmony module, 
which will be delivered to the International Space Station during the 
mission. The module will serve as the future connecting point between 
the U.S. Destiny lab, the European Space Agency's Columbus module and 
the Japanese Kibo module.

The seven STS-120 crew members are due to arrive in Florida on Sunday 
evening in advance of next week's launch dress rehearsal activities. 
During the week, the astronauts and ground crews are scheduled to 
participate in various simulated countdown activities and training 
exercises. Launch of Discovery is targeted Oct. 23.

Space shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad 39A. On Sunday, Discovery was 
transported atop the crawler transporter from the Vehicle Assembly 
Building to Launch Pad 39A, where launch preparations are under way. 
Image credit: NASA/George Shelton
+ View larger image 
<http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/170419main_07pd2636.jpg>

*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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