[sarex] STS-120 Payload Moves to the Launch Pad
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Thu Sep 27 14:14:52 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*STS-120 Payload Moves to the Launch 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
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In the predawn hours this morning, the payload canister for mission
STS-120 arrived at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The
Italian-built U.S. Harmony module destined for the International Space
Center will be transferred to Discovery's payload bay once the space
shuttle reaches the pad.
Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, Discovery's processing continues.
Earlier in the week, the orbiter was attached to the external fuel tank
and twin solid rocket boosters atop the mobile launch platform.
In preparation for the targeted Oct. 23 launch, Discovery is now set to
roll out to the launch pad aboard the crawler transporter on Sept. 29.
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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