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Launch Day Events

07.13.05

Astrovan carrying the STS-114 crew + Large Image (3008 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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The Astrovan (on the road at the bottom center of photo), carrying the STS-114 crew, drives back from Launch Pad 39B after the scrub of the Return to Flight mission. The scrub was called due to a faulty sensor reading in the External Tank. The center of the photo shows the NASA News Center surrounded by trailers, satellite trucks and vehicles of the media covering the historic launch. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

The Discovery crew prepares to board the Astrovan + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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The Return to Flight STS-114 crew heads for the bus that will transport them to Launch Pad 39B. In the left column, back to front, are Mission Specialists Andrew Thomas, Charles Camarda and Wendy Lawrence, and Pilot James Kelly. In the right column, back to front, are Mission Specialists Stephen Robinson and Soichi Noguchi and Mission Commander Eileen Collins. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

STS-114 crew exits the Operations and Checkout Building + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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The Return to Flight STS-114 crew exits the Operations and Checkout Building for their ride to Launch Pad 39B. On the left column, front to back, are Pilot James Kelly and Mission Specialists Wendy Lawrence, Charles Camarda and Andrew Thomas. On the right column are Mission Commander Eileen Collins and Mission Specialists Soichi Noguchi and Stephen Robinson. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery crew having breakfast + Large Image (3000 x 1877, 300 ppi)
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The Return to Flight STS-114 crew sits for the traditional launch day breakfast in the Operations and Checkout Building. Seated left to right are Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence, Pilot James Kelly, Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi, Mission Commander Eileen Collins, and Mission Specialists Andrew Thomas, Stephen Robinson and Charles Camarda. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Members of the Ice Team + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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Members of the ice team review final details before heading to Launch Pad 39B and their part in the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Return to Flight mission STS-114. After the fuel tanking, they will be scanning and inspecting the fuel tank and other hardware on the Space Shuttle for any evidence of ice or debris. .(Image Credit NASA/KSC)


Members of the Closeout Crew + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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The closeout crew is getting ready for their part in the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Return to Flight mission STS-114.(Image Credit NASA/KSC)

The countdown clock at NASA Kennedy Space Center + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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The countdown clock at NASA Kennedy Space Center glows in the dark as a hint of dawn creeps over the horizon. The clock counts down the hours until launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Return to Flight mission STS-114 to the International Space Station. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Space Shuttle Discovery awaiting launch at Pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Lights on Launch Pad 39B put Space Shuttle Discovery in the spotlight after the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure. The Space Shuttle sits on the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP), which is 25 ft. high, 160 ft. long and 135 ft. wide. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Space Shuttle Discovery awaiting launch at Pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Following rollback of the Rotating Service Structure, the orbiter access arm is able to be extended to Space Shuttle Discovery. The arm provides access into Discovery through the White Room, where the astronauts are checked by the closeout crew (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Space Shuttle Discovery awaiting launch at Pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Lights on Launch Pad 39B put Space Shuttle Discovery in the spotlight after the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure. The Space Shuttle sits on the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP), which is 25 ft. high, 160 ft. long and 135 ft. wide. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

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