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Discovery Reaches Launch Pad
It's the biggest milestone yet on the path to Return to Flight.
Space Shuttle Discovery is now at Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The long trek began at 2:04 p.m. EDT Wednesday, when the Shuttle "stack" -- the Orbiter, External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters -- left the Vehicle Assembly Building for the 4.2 mile journey, moving at barely one mile an hour. It ended with a "hard down" on the pad at 1:20 a.m. EDT on April 7.
The rollout is one of the last major steps before Discovery's launch on STS-114, currently targeted for the May 15 to June 3 time frame. The crew will fly to the International Space Station, testing new safety procedures and servicing the orbital outpost.
I don't understand this story, more people are going to the space station? I thought that wasn't that huge an occurance...
I just don't like the fact that it's going to sit out there on the launch pad for nearly a month, if not longer, before it gets launched. Think of all the crap that could happen to it just because of the weather.
Originally posted by cmdrkeenkidI say once we get it on the pad, we should be ready to launch as soon as possible.