Endeavour Moves to Pad

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Endeavour Moves to Pad
02.19.08
 
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NARRATOR: From NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, I'm George Diller.

The STS-123 mission is a step closer to launch after space shuttle Endeavour began its 3.4-mile journey to Launch Pad 39A at 11:24 p.m. EST on Feb. 17.

The 4.5-million-pound shuttle atop the crawler transporter kept a steady 1-mile-an-hour pace, reaching its destination by 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 18.

Endeavour was secured on the pad about two hours later.

The rotating service structure was then wrapped around the shuttle for access and to protect it from any inclement weather conditions until its targeted March 11 launch day.

Endeavour's seven-member crew will deliver the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, Dextre, to the International Space Station.

From the Kennedy Space Center, I'm George Diller.

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