Photos: Preparing for lift-off

Photos: Preparing for lift-off

Summary: Images of the shuttle, control room and the astronauts as they prepare for the Discovery's launch.

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  • Working through the night

    Workers spend the night preparing the Space Shuttle Discovery for its mid-July 2005 launch. Here, the Rotating Service structure, which installs payloads into an orbiter's cargo bay, is rolled away. This was delayed four hours after a Discovery window cover fell approximately 60 feet, damaging several tiles on the orbiter.

  • Launch pad

    An aerial view of Launch Pad 39B and the surrounding area at the Kennedy Space Center, with the Space Shuttle Discovery shown at center. This is one of a series of photos shot cross-cockpit from a NASA Gulfstream 2.

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