Discover The Discovery

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  • 1. SHUTTLE PROCESSING (Before Flight Activities Rarely Seen By The General Public) DISCOVER --- DISCOVERY
  • 2. External Tank Arrives by Barge from MS
  • 3.  
  • 4. Vertical Assembly Building External Tank
  • 5. Removing External Tank From Carrier
  • 6.  
  • 7. External Tank Enters VAB
  • 8. External Tank in VAB
  • 9. Preparing to Lift the Tank to Vertical
  • 10. Lifting Tank
  • 11. Solid Rockets Are Attached
  • 12. Engines Are Attached To Solids
  • 13. Engines Are Attached To The Shuttle In The Shuttle Processing Facility
  • 14.  
  • 15.  
  • 16.  
  • 17. Shuttle In Sling Ready For Lift In VAB
  • 18. Shuttle Has Been Moved To VAB And And Will Be Attached To External Tank
  • 19.  
  • 20. Shuttle is Attached
  • 21.  
  • 22.  
  • 23.  
  • 24. Payload Preparation Room (PPR)
  • 25. Cargo Package For ISS
  • 26. New Module For ISS
  • 27. Payload Ready To Be Moved to The Launch Pad
  • 28.  
  • 29. Payload Carrier Leaves PPR
  • 30.  
  • 31. Payload Being Moved To Launch Pad
  • 32.  
  • 33. Lifting Payload Into Position For Insertion Into Discovery When It Arrives At The Pad
  • 34.  
  • 35.  
  • 36. Shuttle Discovery Leaves VAB
  • 37.  
  • 38. Shuttle & Crawler Launch Pad TRIP: Length--- 3 ½ mi Time--- 6-8 hours
  • 39.  
  • 40. Crawler Control
  • 41.  
  • 42. DISCOVERY ARRIVES AT PAD
  • 43.  
  • 44.  
  • 45.  
  • 46. READY FOR LAUNCH
  • 47. We Have Lift Off
  • 48.