[sarex] Launch Preparations Continue
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Tue Nov 21 14:07:50 PST 2006
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Launch Preparations Continue
Space Shuttle Discovery behind the rotating service structure at Launch
Image above: The rotating service structure is in place around Space
Shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad 39B, leaving only the top of the
external tank and boosters visible. Image Credit: NASA
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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the P5 truss segment and
SPACEHAB single logistics module are tucked away and awaiting launch
inside Space Shuttle Discovery's payload bay. The payload bay doors were
closed for flight on Nov. 16.
The STS-116 crew participated in a launch dress rehearsal and simulated
countdown earlier that day, wrapping up the four-day terminal countdown
demonstration test that took place at Kennedy from Nov. 13-16.
The next major prelaunch milestone is the Flight Readiness Review, set
for Nov. 28-29. The STS-116 mission will be the 20th flight to the
International Space Station. The launch window opens Dec. 7.
More information about the SAREX