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Photo Feature: Shuttle Discovery Arrives At SLF For Smithsonian Trip

Shuttle Discovery passes by NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft early this morning, en route to the mate/demate structure where Discovery will be raised and mounted atop the 747 for her flight to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum this coming Tuesday.  Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Shuttle Discovery passes by NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft early this morning, en route to the mate/demate structure where Discovery will be raised and mounted atop the 747 for her flight to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum this coming Tuesday. Photo Credit: Mike Killian

Space Shuttle Discovery was moved from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building to the Shuttle Landing Facility shortly after 4am this morning, beginning mate operations to place the orbiter atop a NASA modified 747 shuttle carrier aircraft for her final flight to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum early next week.  

Overcast skies and high winds dominated the weather throughout much of the day, delaying the lift operations and keeping Discovery on the ground until at least 5am Sunday.  Workers securing Discovery to the mate / demate structure at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility were running ahead of schedule but could not control the winds, and called today’s lift postponement at 3:30pm.  Weather forecasts for Sunday call for much of the same as Saturday, with high winds and cloudy skies expected.  Should NASA have to again delay Discovery’s lift and mate operations Sunday, the departure date would slip as well from Tuesday to at least Wednesday.

Stay with Americaspace for complete coverage of Discovery’s trip from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian.

All Photos Credit:  Mike Killian

 

Discovery approaching the mate / demate structure at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility.

Discovery approaching the mate / demate structure at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility.

 

Media look on as Discovery approaches the mate / demate (MDM) structure.

Media look on as Discovery approaches the mate / demate (MDM) structure.

 

Discovery approaching the mate / demate (MDM) structure.

Discovery approaching the mate / demate (MDM) structure.

 

Discovery being towed to the mate / demate structure.

Discovery being towed to the mate / demate structure.

 

Discovery being towed to the mate / demate structure.

Discovery being towed to the mate / demate structure.

 

Discovery approaching the mate / demate structure.

Discovery approaching the mate / demate structure.

 

Discovery pulling up to the mate / demate structure.

Discovery pulling up to the mate / demate structure.

 

Technicians look on as the sling is attached to Discovery.  The sling will raise Discovery for mounting atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).

Technicians look on as the sling is attached to Discovery. The sling will raise Discovery for mounting atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).

 

Discovery prepares to be lifted.

Discovery prepares to be lifted.

 

Discovery prepares to be lifted.

Discovery prepares to be lifted.

 

Technicians work to attach the sling to Discovery.

Technicians work to attach the sling to Discovery.

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