Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Space shuttle Discovery back on Pad 39A

Space shuttle Discovery arrived back at Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A early this morning.

NASA officials hope that this time, the shuttle's 3.4-mile trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building will be a one-way journey with the next stop: the International Space Station.

Launch is targeted for Feb. 24.

The rollout began at 7:58 p.m. and took approximately seven hours.

Discovery's previous trip to the pad, more than four months ago, turned out to be only a practice run. Cracks on external tank support beams forced a return to the VAB after a Nov. 5 launch scrub. Those cracks have been repaired and the support beams modified.

Hundreds of Space Center families turned up last night to watch Discovery make its last crawl to the pad. Read James Dean's story.


Kevin said...

sure hope its a round trip, not one way trip as the article states.

Aquagrump said...

The pic is a stock photo. It's windy and that reflection wouldn't be there if it were taken today.