[sarex] NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building
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Thu Nov 2 03:00:24 PST 2006
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Nov. 1, 2006
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> Jessica Rye
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ROLLS TO VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING
> NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery completed one milestone and is nearing
> another as workers prepare the orbiter for a December 7th launch to the
> International Space Station.
> On Tuesday night, drivers moved Discovery from the shuttle processing
> facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space
> Center in Florida. Discovery, perched on top of the giant, 76-wheel
> orbiter transporter system, began moving out of the facility at 9:23
> p.m. EST.
> In the assembly building, technicians attached Discovery to its
> propulsion elements, an external fuel tank and twin solid rocket
> boosters. Following those operations, final integration, preparations
> and closeouts began in preparation for flight.
> Discovery's next milestone is the 4.2-mile trip to Launch Pad 39B in
> preparation for its mission, designated STS-116. During the 11-day
> mission, the shuttle's seven astronauts will rewire the station to
> bring online new power supplies generated by solar arrays installed
> in September.
> NASA TV will provide live coverage of Discovery's move to the launch
> pad beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m. EST. For NASA TV downlink, streaming
> video and scheduling information, visit:
> For more information on the STS-116 mission and crew, visit:
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