Discovery Prepares to Roll to the Pad


As dawn begins to break over Launch Pad 39A, the payload canister carrying the International Space Station’s Harmony module is lifted toward the payload change out area of the pad’s service structure. Image credit: NASA

In preparation for the targeted Oct. 23 launch, Discovery is set to roll from the Vehicle Assembly Building out to the Launch Pad 39A aboard the crawler transporter this weekend. Earlier in the week, the orbiter was attached to the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters atop the mobile launch platform.

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