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The Mission




Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-120
Payload: Harmony module
Launch: Oct. 23, 2007
Time: 11:38 a.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: Nov. 7 @ 1:01 p.m. EST
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC

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Meet the astronauts flying aboard Discovery's STS-120 mission.

Meet the Astronauts

CDR: Pam Melroy

PLT: George Zamka

MS 1: Scott Parazynski

MS 2: Stephanie Wilson

MS 3: Doug Wheelock

MS 4: Paolo Nespoli

Up: Dan Tani

Down: Clay Anderson

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STS-120: Crew arrival

The space shuttle Discovery astronauts arrive at the Kennedy Space Center for their countdown to launch.

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STS-120: Rollout to pad

Space shuttle Discovery rolls out of the Vehicle Assembly Building and travels to launch pad 39A for its STS-120 mission.

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Discovery moves to VAB

Shuttle Discovery is transported from its hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building for attachment to the external tank and boosters.

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STS-120: The programs

In advance of shuttle Discovery's STS-120 mission to the station, managers from both programs discuss the flight.

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STS-120: The mission

Discovery's trip to the station will install the Harmony module and move the P6 solar wing truss. The flight directors present a detailed overview of STS-120.

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STS-120: Spacewalks

Five spacewalks are planned during Discovery's STS-120 assembly mission to the station. Lead spacewalk officer Dina Contella previews the EVAs.

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The Discovery crew

The Discovery astronauts, led by commander Pam Melroy, meet the press in the traditional pre-flight news conference.

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STS-120 Mission Coverage


We wrap up our coverage of shuttle Discovery's STS-120 mission with this photo gallery showing the spaceplane's tow from the runway back to its processing hangar.
   IMAGES: PHOTO GALLERY

With commander Pam Melroy at the controls, the shuttle Discovery plunged back to Earth on Wednesday, streaking across the heartland of America to a picture-perfect landing at the Kennedy Space Center to wrap up an action-packed space station assembly mission.
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Discovery prepped for Wednesday's landing
NASA managers late today cleared the shuttle Discovery for re-entry and landing Wednesday to close out a dramatic space station assembly mission, giving the ship's heat shield a clean bill of health after analyzing data from a final inspection.
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   MORNING STORY
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Discovery departs the station after hectic visit
The Discovery astronauts undocked the shuttle from the international space station Monday to close out a dramatic assembly mission that sets the stage for the long-awaited attachment of European and Japanese research modules over the next three shuttle flights.
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   IMAGES: SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF STATION
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Shuttle and station crews bid an emotional farewell
The Discovery astronauts bid a tearful farewell to their space station crewmates Sunday, hugging and sharing a few final words before closing hatches and making preparations for undocking early Monday.
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NASA hails solar array repair as complete success
Physician-astronaut Scott Parazynski, working on the end of a boom carried by the space station's robot arm, successfully repaired a mangled solar array Saturday, cutting away a snarled guidewire, installing five suture-like braces and then standing by while his crewmates extended the array its full 110-foot length.
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   MISSION STATUS CENTER - live updates!
   SPACEWALK CONCLUDES
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   DAMAGE DESCRIBED
   MORNING STORY
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Flight controllers optimistic about successful repair
The Discovery astronauts Friday reviewed plans for a dramatic solar array repair spacewalk early Saturday and appeared confident they have a good shot at fixing the mangled panel to keep space station assembly on track.
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Great rescue spacewalks in U.S. space program history
As NASA prepares for a risky spacewalk Saturday to save a damaged solar array on the space station, we present a look back to other historic rescue spacewalks remembered as daring and crucial. These movies recap missions from Skylab, the early shuttle days and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Spectacular footage from rocket booster cameras
Hitch a ride up and down on the solid rocket boosters during shuttle Discovery's launch. These onboard cameras provides a unique view of the ascent, separation from the shuttle and the fall into the Atlantic for retrieval.
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Risky spacewalk planned to save mangled solar array
Working around the clock, flight controllers, astronauts and engineers are fine tuning a daring plan to put an astronaut on the end of a long boom attached to the space station's robot arm - farther from the safety of the lab's airlock than any spacewalker before him - to perform emergency surgery on a mangled solar array.
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Spacewalk to fix solar array delayed to Saturday
NASA managers Thursday decided to delay a daring solar array repair spacewalk from Friday to Saturday to give engineers more time to develop the tools and procedures needed to fix a rip in one of the outermost solar blankets on the international space station.
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Engineers refine repair options for solar array
Repairing a mangled space station solar array is now NASA's top priority because of concern the ripped, partially deployed blanket could pull apart under the stresses and strains of normal operations, possibly forcing a future crew to dump the panels overboard, NASA officials said Wednesday.
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NASA plans solar array repair spacewalk on Friday
NASA managers Wednesday told the Discovery astronauts to forego a planned Thursday spacewalk to inspect a contaminated solar array rotary joint and instead to focus on a spacewalk Friday to attempt repairs of a torn and mangled space station solar array blanket.
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   EARLIER STORY
Space station solar wing tears during deployment
Engineers are scrambling to recover from a solar array hang up that ripped a two-and-a-half-foot tear in one fragile panel as the hinged blanket was pulled from its storage box Tuesday. The disheartening, hard-to-reach hang up occurred as the Discovery astronauts were "95 percent of the way to a perfect day," as one NASA official put it, moving the 17-ton P6 solar array truss segment to its permanent mounting point on the far left end of the lab's main power truss.
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Spacewalkers re-attach
P6 solar array truss

Astronauts Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock went outside for a spacewalk Tuesday to re-attach the 35,000-pound P6 solar array truss after a two-day, 145-foot move, bolting it to the far left end of the space station's main power truss where it will remain for the life of the lab complex.
   PORT JOINT INSPECTED
   TRUSS CONNECTED
   PREVIEW STORY
NASA officially extends Discovery mission a day
Following a recommendation by space station managers Monday, the shuttle Discovery's mission has been extended by one day to permit a dedicated spacewalk devoted to inspecting an apparently contaminated solar array rotary joint. NASA managers want to track down the source of metallic shavings found inside the joint during a brief inspection Sunday to help figure out what might be needed to fix it.
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Station power truss juggled between robotic arms
The space station's robot arm handed a 35,000-pound solar array truss segment to the shuttle's arm Monday as part of a carefully choreographed, step-by-step procedure to move the stowed arrays to the far left end of the station's main power truss.
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Spacewalker finds debris in critical station truss joint
Space station engineers are scrambling to determine the source of unexpected debris in a critical solar array rotary joint and considering whether to order an additional, more thorough spacewalk inspection to figure out what sort of downstream repair work might be necessary.
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Power truss unbolted from station for relocation
Astronauts Scott Parazynski and Dan Tani conducted a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk Sunday to disconnect a 35,000-pound solar array segment for a two-day move to the far left end of the space station's main power truss.
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   SHAVINGS SEEN IN SARJ JOINT
   P6 TRUSS DETACHED
   PREVIEW STORY
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Astronauts enter Harmony
Space station commander Peggy Whitson and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli opened the hatch to the newly installed Italian-built Harmony module Saturday and floated into the roomy, brightly lighted room that will serve as the gateway to European and Japanese research modules scheduled for launch late this year and early next.
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Harmony module hoisted to station during spacewalk
NASA managers said Friday's installation of the new Harmony module on the space station, and work by two spacewalking astronauts to prepare the P6 truss for its long-awaited detachment during a second spacewalk Sunday, went "extremely well." A task added to Sunday's EVA is a visual inspection of the massive rotary joint on the right side of the station's main power truss.
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NASA says Discovery's heat shield in good shape
The shuttle Discovery appears to have come through its launch and climb to space in good shape with no major heat shield problems and no need for any additional, "focused" inspections before undocking, NASA managers said Thursday.
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Discovery arrives at space station with smooth docking
Commander Pam Melroy deftly guided the shuttle Discovery to a "picture-perfect" docking with the international space station Thursday, setting the stage for the first of five spacewalks Friday to install a new module, move a huge solar array truss and test a potentially valuable heat shield repair technique.
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'Outstanding' performance from Discovery's fuel tank
The shuttle Discovery's foam-covered external fuel tank performed well during launch, NASA officials said Wednesday, shedding only a half-dozen pieces of insulation - all well after the period when such debris can pose an impact hazard - with no signs of damage to the orbiter's heat shield.
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   THE MISSION FLIGHT PLAN
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No obvious problems seen during shuttle wing scans
Discovery's crew used a laser scanner and a high-resolution digital camera on the end of a long boom Wednesday to inspect the ship's reinforced carbon carbon nose cap and wing leading edge panels in a now-standard exercise for post-Columbia crews.
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The shuttle Discovery, carrying seven astronauts and a critical connecting module for the international space station, roared to life and rocketed into orbit Tuesday, kicking off a high-stakes five-spacewalk mission considered by many the most complex orbital construction work ever attempted.
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Discovery mission takes construction to new heights
Nine years after the United States and Russia began building the international space station, NASA is poised for what many agency insiders consider the most difficult assembly mission attempted to date, one that will test the limits of orbital construction.
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Discovery's countdown targets a Tuesday launch
NASA's shuttle launch team has started Discovery's countdown for a launch attempt Tuesday on what many consider the most challenging space station assembly mission yet attempted. Forecasters are predicting a 60 percent chance of good weather.
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Astronauts arrive for launch
Discovery's crew arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Friday afternoon for Tuesday's planned launch. Commander Pam Melroy, speaking at the runway, said the crew agreed with the decision to press ahead with launch despite a recommendation from an independent engineering group to replace three wing leading edge panels.
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Shuttle boss confident suspect wing panels safe
Senior NASA managers Tuesday cleared the shuttle Discovery for launch Oct. 23 on a critical station assembly mission, concluding concern about the integrity of a protective coating on three of 44 wing leading edge panels did not warrant a lengthy delay.
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Space shuttle wing leading edge issue assessed
The shuttle Discovery's crew strapped in for a dress-rehearsal countdown Wednesday to clear the way for launch Oct. 23 on a critical space station assembly mission. NASA managers, meanwhile, met for a program-level flight readiness review but were unable to reach a consensus on whether to replace three suspect wing leading edge panels or to launch Discovery as is.
   FULL STORY - updated
Space shuttle Discovery moved to launch pad
A powerful Apollo-era crawler-transporter slowly carried the shuttle Discovery from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch complex 39A Sunday for work to ready the ship for blastoff Oct. 23 on a complex space station assembly mission.
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Discovery takes first step on road to the launch pad
Space shuttle Discovery took a short but meaningful trip Sunday afternoon, leaving its Kennedy Space Center processing hangar and moving into the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building in preparation for liftoff October 23.
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Shuttle launch date stays on track after quick repairs
Work to replace suspect hydraulic seals in the shuttle Discovery's right main landing gear is going smoothly and barring additional problems, NASA managers said Thursday, the shuttle should be ready for blastoff Oct. 23 as originally planned.
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Repairs ordered for leaky shuttle landing gear seals
NASA managers Monday opted to replace suspect seals in the hydraulic system of the shuttle Discovery's right main landing gear strut, work that could delay launch on a space station assembly mission by a few days.
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Problem could delay shuttle Discovery's launch
Engineers are assessing an apparent hydraulic leak in the shuttle Discovery's right-side main landing gear strut. If internal seals have to be replaced, launch on a space station assembly mission could slip a few days, officials said Sunday, but they cautioned that it's not yet clear how long such repairs might actually take.
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NASA planning spacewalk to practice shuttle repairs
NASA managers are expected to add a fifth spacewalk to the shuttle Discovery's upcoming space station assembly mission, officials say. The additional EVA will be devoted to testing a heat-shield repair tool that could prove useful in the event of damage like the tile gouge experienced during the last shuttle mission.
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Tank fix not expected to delay next shuttle launch
Shuttle program managers have ordered repairs to downstream external fuel tanks to remove underlying insulation around propellant feedline support brackets because of cracks found in the wake of a foam-shedding incident that damaged the shuttle Endeavour's heat shield earlier this month. The work is not expected to delay the next shuttle flight, targeted for launch around Oct. 23, but the schedule is extremely tight for the flight after that in December.
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