March 29th, 2005


Yay ! Discovery Takes First Step Toward Launch Pad

The Shuttle Discovery has completed the first of two major milestones on the path toward Return to Flight.

Discovery rolls out of the Orbiter Processing Facility in the early morning hours of March 29. 2005
Image above: Discovery on the move. Click image to enlarge Credit: NASA/KSC. + View Photo Feature | + View More Photos.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 29, Discovery rolled over from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. There it will be attached to its redesigned External Tank and twin Solid Rocket Boosters.

On Monday, April 4, Discovery begins its eight hour journey to launch pad 39B. Discovery's mission, STS-114, is targeted for launch in May.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Space Shuttle Program," said Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager. "This effort has taken a talented team dedicated to meticulously preparing the vehicle and implementing all the modifications for a safe Return to Flight," he added.... more