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Discovery prepped for December launch

Discovery prepped for December launch

Old Nov 2nd 2006, 3:49 pm
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Space shuttle Discovery was hoisted by a crane and outfitted with its external fuel tank and twin booster rockets on Wednesday in preparation for another flight next month.

NASA plans a week of tests to make sure the electrical and mechanical connections are intact before the ship is hauled out to the launch pad, said Kennedy Space Center spokeswoman Jessica Rye.

The shuttle, which is due to return to space on December 7, will be taking another section of the half-built International Space Station's metal truss, or frame, into orbit.

It will be the second space station assembly flight since the U.S. space agency resumed flying the shuttles after the 2003 Columbia disaster
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