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Discovery at the Pad

06.15.05

Space Shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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The work to secure Space Shuttle Discovery is under way at Launch Pad 39B following its move from the Vehicle Assembly Building. First motion for the 4.2-mile journey was at 1:58 a.m. EDT. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery reaches the RSS at the pad + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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The Rotating Service Structure at Launch Pad 39B is ready to enfold Space Shuttle Discovery upon its arrival. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Space Shuttle Discovery makes its way to the pad + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery makes its way up the 5 percent grade to the hardstand of Launch Pad 39B. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery approaches the canister that delivered payloads to the pad. + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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As Space Shuttle Discovery approaches Launch Pad 39B, the canister that delivered the mission STS-114 payloads to the pad departs. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

STS-114 Mission Specialists Charles Camarda (left) and Andrew Thomas monitor the progress of Space Shuttle Discovery + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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STS-114 Mission Specialists Charles Camarda (left) and Andrew Thomas monitor the progress of Space Shuttle Discovery as it makes its way along the crawlerway to Launch Pad 39B. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery inches closer to the pad + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery makes its way along the crawlerway to Launch Pad 39B, seen at left. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

The Crawler-Transporter moves Discovery and the MLP to the pad + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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The crawler is operated by a United Space Alliance driver, seen in the cab above the crawler tracks. The transporter uses a laser guidance system and a leveling system for the journey that keeps the top of the Space Shuttle vertical. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery crawls away from the VAB towards Pad 39B. + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery makes its way along the crawlerway to Pad 39B. First motion for the 4-mile journey was at 1:58 a.m. EDT. Discovery’s seven-person crew will test new hardware and techniques to improve Shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies to the International Space Station. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery slowly moves into the Sun toward Pad 39B + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery makes its way along the crawlerway from high bay 3 to Launch Pad 39B as the sun rises. The Space Shuttle rests on a Mobile Launcher Platform which sits atop a Crawler-Transporter. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery leaves the VAB for Pad 39B + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery rolls outside the VAB beginning its trip to Launch Pad 39B, an 4-mile. First motion was at 1:58 a.m. EDT. This is the second rollout of Discovery after being returned to the Vehicle Assembly Building for connection to an improved External Tank. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery leaves the VAB for Pad 39B + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery rolls outside high bay 3 to begin its trip to Launch Pad 39B. First motion was at 1:58 a.m. EDT. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery prepares to leave the VAB + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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In the Vehicle Assembly Building a Crawler-Transporter prepares to move Space Shuttle Discovery from high bay 3 to Launch Pad 39B.(Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery in VAB prepared for first motion + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Space Shuttle Discovery is in the Vehicle Assembly Building ready for rollout to Launch Pad 39B. On either side of Discovery’s tail and Orbiter Maneuvering System Pods are the Tail Masts that support the fluid, gas and electrical requirements of the orbiter’s liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen aft T-0 umbilicals. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery in VAB prepared for first motion + Large Image (3000 x 2032, 300 ppi)
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Lights inside the Vehicle Assembly Building cast an orange glow on Space Shuttle Discovery as it waits on top of the Mobile Launcher Platform for rollout to Launch Pad 39B. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)



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