[sarex] STS-120 Astronauts Practice for Launch
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Wed Oct 10 09:17:12 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Astronauts Practice for Launch
10 OCTOBER 2007 *
Members of the STS-120 crew began their full launch dress rehearsal this
morning, boarding space shuttle Discovery for a simulated countdown. The
rehearsal caps three days of exercises and training at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida.
STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialist Scott ParazynskiImage
Above: STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Mission Specialist Scott
Parazynski prepare to enter space shuttle Discovery from the White Room
at Launch Pad 39A. Image credit: NASA TV
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"It should be a really exciting mission," Commander Pam Melroy told
reporters gathered on Tuesdsay. "But I think one of the most exciting
parts of it is the fact that we're going to be getting ready to open the
gateway to international laboratories. So we're very proud of our part
in building the International Space Station."
The crew will deliver the Italian-built U.S. Harmony module, which will
serve as the future connecting point between the U.S. Destiny lab, the
European Space Agency's Columbus module and the Japanese Kibo module.
When the launch rehearsal concludes today, the astronauts will return to
their home base in Houston to complete their final preparations for the
targeted launch of Discovery on Oct. 23.
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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