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Discovery was transferred to the assembly facility for mission STS-116

In the dark, the space shuttle Discovery began the process of rolling from its storage facility at the Kennedy Space Center for a short trip to the assembly center where all the external fuel and solid fuel engines will be attached to it.

The shuttle Discovery is on its way to assemble the fuel tanks and boosters for mission ST-116
The shuttle Discovery is on its way to assemble the fuel tanks and boosters for mission ST-116
NASA personnel plan to drive the shuttle therefore launch 39B not before November 7 in preparation for the STS-116 mission to the International Space Station.

The task includes raising another component of the corridor which is the backbone of the station - the supporting beam P5 as well as the SPACEHAB component and other key components.

During the mission, Discovery's crew will not only install the beam, but also rewire the entire shuttle so it can use the new solar array installed by the crew on mission STS-115 in September. The launch window for mission STS-116 is scheduled for December 7th.

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