Friday, May 12, 2006

Discovery Heads To Assembly Building



Space Shuttle Discovery, still on schedule for a July launch, headed to the vehicle assembly building today. The trip only took about an hour-and-a-half. Once inside workers will begin the week long task of attaching to the (newly re-designed) external fuel tank and the twin solid rocket boosters.

After that, it will begin the long, slow crawl to the launch platform where it will be launched and then later docked with the International Space Station. It is delivering a German astronaut to ISS along with some supplies. It will also test an assortment of in-flight safety features such as tile damage detection and repair.

Although July 1st is the tentative launch date, NASA is keeping the entire month open as a launch window, just in case...

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