[sarex] NASA'S Shuttle Discovery Begins Mission to the Space Station
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Tue Oct 23 11:47:14 PDT 2007
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> Oct. 23, 2007
> June Malone
> Headquarters, Washington
> june.e.malone at nasa.gov
> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> george.h.diller at nasa.gov
> RELEASE: 07-231
> NASA'S SHUTTLE DISCOVERY BEGINS MISSION TO THE SPACE STATION
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The space shuttle Discovery and its
> seven-member crew lifted off Tuesday, Oct. 23, from NASA's Kennedy
> Space Center in Florida at 11:38 a.m. EDT to continue construction of
> the International Space Station.
> During the 14-day mission, designated STS-120, Discovery's crew will
> continue construction of the space station with the installation of
> the Harmony connecting module, also known as Node 2. The crew, led by
> Commander Pam Melroy, will conduct five spacewalks during the
> mission, four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's
> Expedition 16 crew.
> Discovery is scheduled to dock to the station on Thursday, Oct. 25.
> The addition of the Harmony module sets the stage for the arrival of
> new research laboratories from the European Space Agency and the
> Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in upcoming shuttle missions.
> During the mission, the STS-120 crew also will move the station's
> Port 6 segment of the station's backbone, or truss, and its solar
> arrays to a permanent position at the end of the truss' left side.
> Joining Melroy on the STS-120 crew are Pilot George Zamka, mission
> specialists Scott Parazynski, Doug Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel
> Tani and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Tani will
> serve as mission specialist aboard Discovery and join the Expedition
> 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko, who
> arrived at the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft Oct. 12.
> Tani will rotate positions with station resident Clayton Anderson.
> After five months on the station, Anderson will return with
> Discovery's crew at the conclusion of the STS-120 mission.
> This is the 120th space shuttle flight, the 34th flight for Discovery
> and the 23rd U.S. flight to the International Space Station.
> For more information about the STS-120 mission, including images and
> interviews with the crew, visit:
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