This is the Space Shuttle Discovery. It is being taken to its launch pad on a giant Crawler-Transporter.
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Space Shuttle will Blast Off in July 2005!
News story originally written on July 13, 2005
NASA is getting ready to launch a space shuttle. There are three space shuttles.
The one named Discovery is getting ready to blast off.
If everything goes right, Discovery will blast off on Wednesday, July 13,
2005. Sometimes shuttles don't take off when they are supposed to. If Discovery
can't blast off on Wednesday, NASA hopes it can be launched sometime before
the end of July.
The shuttle will carry seven astronauts into space. It will also carry supplies
for the International
The last time a shuttle flew was in February 2003. That was a sad day, because
the shuttle Columbia crashed when
it was coming back to Earth. NASA has done many things to make the shuttle
safer since that crash. The astronauts on Discovery will test the new
tools that can be used to fix the shuttle when it is in space. We sure hope
that Discovery has a safe flight!
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