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Discovery Rolls!

03.29.05

The Space Shuttle Discovery rolls into the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Image Above: At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter Discovery slowly rolls out of the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 to begin its transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The move marks a major milestone in the march to Return to Flight. First motion was at 1:29 a.m. EST. Image credit: NASA


Workers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center display a sign that says 'We're Behind You, Discovery!'
Image Above: Workers show their support as the orbiter Discovery slowly rolls out of the Orbiter Processing Facility to begin its transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Image credit: NASA


The Space Shuttle Discovery is shown being moved toward the Vehicle Assembly Building, which is seen in the background.
Image Above: The orbiter Discovery rolls into the Vehicle Assembly Building where it will be mated to the External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster assembly for Return to Flight mission STS-114. Image credit: NASA


Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, Discovery will be mated to the External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster assembly. After all umbilicals have been connected, workers will perform an electrical and mechanical verification of the mated interfaces to verify all critical vehicle connections. A Space Shuttle interface test is performed to verify vehicle interfaces and vehicle-to-ground interfaces. The launch processing system is used to control and monitor orbiter systems as required.

Space Shuttle Discovery will roll out to Launch Pad 39B approximately one week after the rollover to the VAB. The launch window for mission STS-114 is May 15 to June 3.


Cheryl L. Mansfield
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center

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