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NASA Set To Begin Space Shuttle Discovery Countdown Oct. 20



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C 31468

Oct. 17, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-3749
> katherine.trinidad@nasa.gov 
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> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> 321-867-2468
> george.h.diller@nasa.gov 
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> NASA SET TO BEGIN SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY COUNTDOWN OCT. 20
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> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA will start the launch countdown for space 
> shuttle Discovery's STS-120 mission at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 20, 
> at T-43 hours. The countdown includes 26 hours and 38 minutes of 
> built-in hold time leading to a preferred launch time of 
> approximately 11:38 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The launch window 
> extends an additional five minutes.
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> During the 14-day mission to the International Space Station, 
> Discovery's crew will add the Node 2 module to the expanding station. 
> Node 2, known as Harmony, will provide attachment points for European 
> and Japanese laboratory modules to be installed later this year and 
> early in 2008, respectively. The Discovery crew also will move the 
> station's Port 6 segment of the station's backbone, or truss, and its 
> solar arrays to a permanent position at the very end of the left side 
> of the truss. The flight will include five spacewalks. 
>
> A detailed list of launch countdown milestones and times is available 
> at:
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> http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/index.html
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> This mission is the 120th space shuttle flight, the 34th flight for 
> Discovery and the 23rd U.S. flight to the International Space 
> Station. This mission includes the most number of spacewalks ever 
> conducted while the shuttle is docked to the station.
>
> For more information about the STS-120 crew and the mission to the 
> space station, visit:
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> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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