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The shuttle Discovery in the launch pad for mission STS-116

During the last week the shuttle Discovery arrived therefore the launch is preparing for launch in the window that will open from December 7 to the International Space Station

The space shuttle Discovery is driven by the launch vehicle, November 6, 2006

 At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the space shuttle Discovery arrived for launch 39B following an overnight journey from the assembly center. Carried atop a semitrailer truck specially adapted for the mission, it traversed the 7-kilometer-long orbit in about eight and a half hours on November 6, 2006. The mission's launch window will open on December 7.

In the meantime, waiting for the shuttle in the launch pad area were the two large components it is supposed to upload to the space station - the P5 beam and the SPACEHAB component containing equipment intended for the station. These components are located in an area protected from environmental hazards near the launch pad. On Saturday, November 11 they were already installed inside the shuttle's cargo deck.

 STS-116 is the 12th mission to the International Space Station, and the XNUMXth service mission.

The launch of mission STS-116, currently scheduled for December 7 at 21:35 PM EST, will be the first night launch in four years. The mission managers decided not to try to advance the launch one day to December 6th and thus also make it happen at a later time.

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 mission details

During the two spacewalks, power will be cut from half of the station each time, and the astronauts will rewire the power wires to connect the solar array brought on mission STS-115 to the station's power grid. To enable the rotation of the solar panels so that they always face the sun, half of the solar array used by the station so far, which is assembled in a temporary location, will be folded. Another mission of the shuttle Discovery will be to replace Thomas Reiter (arrived at the International Space Station on flight STS-121) of the 13th crew of the space station with astronaut Sanita Williams.   (From Wikipedia)

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  1. Avit the space vehicle comes to its place not on a semi-trailer but on the well-known CRAWOLER device. propulsion
    at a speed of 4 km/h from the assembly hall, therefore the launch. The cost of the CCRAWOLER itself is several hundreds of millions
    dollar and it was built no less than 40 years ago to carry the Saturn 5 rockets with the Apollo spacecraft, therefore the launch
    And still used by NASA with great success. If you look at the picture you posted you will see that the shuttle is sitting on
    This device while traveling.

  2. Good luck with the task, and good luck to the science site on the new design! Go forth and succeed!

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