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Space Shuttle Discovery

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"Discovery" departs High Bay #1 for the last time (39th flight) on the mobile launch platform that she will fly off on STS-133.
She has been mated to rest of the stack (ET + 2 SRBs) over the last week. With assembly/checkout done, the crawler-transporter entered, picked up the MLP + "the stack" and carried them to launch pad 39A. The shuttle stack's (orbiter + external tank + 2 solid rocket boosters) height: 56.14 m (184.2 feet) tall. It sits on the mobile launch platform (MLP) which is 7.6 m (25 feet) tall. The MLP rest on the transporter which is approx. 6.1 m (20 feet) tall. Total height = 69.84 m (223.13 feet). The United Space Alliance workers at the different levels show the scale of this vehicle.
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Space Shuttle Discovery

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20th September 2010
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