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The Payload's at the Pad
The canister carrying the STS-116 payloads is lifted into the payload changeout room.

With umbilical lines still attached, the payload canister is lifted up to the payload changeout room on the rotating service structure on Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B. Inside the canister are the SPACEHAB module and the port 5 truss segment for mission STS-116. Once inside the payload changeout room, they will be transferred into Space Shuttle Discovery's payload bay after the vehicle has rolled out to the pad. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton

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The SPACEHAB module is carried toward the payload canister.Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, an overhead crane carries the SPACEHAB module toward the payload canister. The SPACEHAB module will carry racks of experiments, flight hardware, spacewalk equipment and supplies to support mission STS-116 to the International Space Station.

Along with SPACEHAB, the mission payload on Space Shuttle Discovery includes the P5 integrated truss structure and other key components. Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

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