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Discovery at the Pad

05.22.06

Discovery arrives on the hardstand of Launch Pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Amid the glow of lights from the fixed and rotating service structures, Space Shuttle Discovery rests on the hardstand of Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after completing the 4.2-mile journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building. First motion out of the Vehicle Assembly Building was at 12:45 p.m. EDT. The rollout is an important step before launch of Discovery on mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. Discovery's launch is targeted for July 1 in a launch window that extends to July 19. During the 12-day mission, Discovery's crew will test new hardware and techniques to improve shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies and make repairs to the station. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley

Discovery rests on the hardstand of Launch Pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Just before sunset, Space Shuttle Discovery arrives on the hardstand of Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley

Discovery rolls toward pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Discovery rolls closer to Launch Pad 39B. The shuttle rests on the mobile launcher platform, which is being carried by the crawler-transporter underneath. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Space Shuttle Discovery on the crawlerway + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery rolls toward Launch Pad 39B. Launch Pad 39A is in the background. The rollout is an important step before launch of Discovery on mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton

Space Shuttle Discovery on the crawlerway + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery begins its slow 4.2-mile journey via the crawlerway (seen in the background) to Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton

Discovery makes its way to launch pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Viewed from across the turn basin, Space Shuttle Discovery, on top of the mobile launcher platform and crawler-transporter, makes its way to Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley

Discovery slowly make its way out of the Vertical Assembly Building + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery moves away from high bay 3 of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building as begins its slow 4.2-mile journey via the crawlerway to Launch Pad 39B. Photo credit: NASA/Debbie Kiger

Discovery leaves the Vehicle Assembly Building + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Daylight streams through the open doors of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building as Space Shuttle Discovery begins its slow 4.2-mile journey via the crawlerway to Launch Pad 39B. The shuttle rests on a mobile launcher platform that sits atop a crawler-transporter. First motion was at 12:45 p.m. EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett




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