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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  At right are STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (background) and Doug Wheelock (foreground), looking over the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory. STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0166

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At right are STS-120 Mission Specialist...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At right are STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (background) and Doug Wheelock (foreground), looking over the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another e... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski takes a look underneath the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory. STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0167

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazy...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski takes a look underneath the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space St... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock checks out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station. Wheelock and other crew members are familiarizing themselves with the payload.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory.  STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0161

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheeloc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock checks out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station. Wheelock ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (left) and Doug Wheelock check out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station.  They are familiarizing themselves with the payload.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory.  STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0163

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Paraz...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (left) and Doug Wheelock check out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the Internatio... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (left), Doug Wheelock (center) and Paolo Nespoli (right) check out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory. STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0164

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Paraz...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (left), Doug Wheelock (center) and Paolo Nespoli (right) check out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another eleme... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski checks out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station.  Parazynski and other crew members are familiarizing themselves with the payload.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory.  STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0160

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski checks out the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski (background) watches Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock work with a wire on the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station.  Parazynski, Wheelock and other crew members are familiarizing themselves with the payload.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory.  STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0162

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazy...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski (background) watches Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock work with a wire on the primary payload for the mission: the U.S. Node 2, another... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock (left) gets hands-on experience with equipment earmarked for the mission.  The primary payload for mission STS-120 is the U.S. Node 2, another element to be added to the International Space Station.  Node 2 will provide a passageway between three station science experiment facilities: the U.S. Destiny Laboratory, the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, and the European Columbus Laboratory. STS-120 is targeted for launch on Sept. 7 with a crew of six, including Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialist Mike Foreman.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0165

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheeloc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock (left) gets hands-on experience with equipment earmarked for the mission. The primary payload for mission STS-120 is the U.S. Node 2, ano... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Commander Pam Melroy stand in front of the Node 2 module with it's new name, Harmony, unveiled. The name, Harmony, was chosen from an academic competition involving thousands of students in kindergarten through high school. The Node 2 Challenge required students to learn about the International Space Station, build a scale model of the module, and write an essay explaining their proposed name. This will be the first U.S. piece of the space station named by someone other than a NASA official.  Node 2 is a pressurized module that will act as a connecting port and passageway to additional international science labs and supply spacecraft. It also will be a work platform for the station's robotic arm. The module is scheduled to fly on mission STS-120 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis targeted for later this year.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd0641

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Commander Pam Melroy stand in front of the Node 2 module with it's new name, Harmony, unvei... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Commander Pam Melroy begin to unveil the Node 2 module's new name, Harmony, as Russ Romanella, director of International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing presides over the ceremony. The name, Harmony, was chosen from an academic competition involving thousands of students in kindergarten through high school. The Node 2 Challenge required students to learn about the International Space Station, build a scale model of the module, and write an essay explaining their proposed name. This will be the first U.S. piece of the space station named by someone other than a NASA official.  Node 2 is a pressurized module that will act as a connecting port and passageway to additional international science labs and supply spacecraft. It also will be a work platform for the station's robotic arm.  The module is scheduled to fly on mission STS-120 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis targeted for later this year.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd0637

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Commander Pam Melroy begin to unveil the Node 2 module's new name, Harmony, as Russ Romanel... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left, partially hidden) and Commander Pam Melroy (second from right in group), talk with members of the media and guests after a ceremony to unveil NASA's Node 2 module's new name, Harmony.  The name, Harmony, was chosen from an academic competition involving thousands of students in kindergarten through high school. The Node 2 Challenge required students to learn about the International Space Station, build a scale model of the module, and write an essay explaining their proposed name. This will be the first U.S. piece of the space station named by someone other than a NASA official.  Node 2 is a pressurized module that will act as a connecting port and passageway to additional international science labs and supply spacecraft. It also will be a work platform for the station's robotic arm. The module is scheduled to fly on mission STS-120 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis targeted for later this year.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd0642

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left, partially hidden) and Commander Pam Melroy (second from right in group), talk with members of t... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Space Station Processing Facility, Russ Romanella (left), director of International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing, presides over a ceremony to unveil the new name of NASA's Node 2 module, Harmony. With him are Mission STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot George Zamka. The name, Harmony, was chosen from an academic competition involving thousands of students in kindergarten through high school. The Node 2 Challenge required students to learn about the International Space Station, build a scale model of the module, and write an essay explaining their proposed name. This will be the first U.S. piece of the space station named by someone other than a NASA official.  Node 2 is a pressurized module that will act as a connecting port and passageway to additional international science labs and supply spacecraft. It also will be a work platform for the station's robotic arm. The module is scheduled to fly on mission STS-120 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis targeted for later this year.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd0639

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facility, Russ Romanella (left), director of International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing, presides over a ceremony to unveil the new name... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Commander Pam Melroy stand in front of the Node 2 module with it's new name, Harmony, unveiled, as Russ Romanella, director of International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing presides over the ceremony. The name, Harmony, was chosen from an academic competition involving thousands of students in kindergarten through high school. The Node 2 Challenge required students to learn about the International Space Station, build a scale model of the module, and write an essay explaining their proposed name. This will be the first U.S. piece of the space station named by someone other than a NASA official.  Node 2 is a pressurized module that will act as a connecting port and passageway to additional international science labs and supply spacecraft. It also will be a work platform for the station's robotic arm.  The module is scheduled to fly on mission STS-120 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis targeted for later this year.   Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd0638

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facilit...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Space Station Processing Facility, Mission STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Commander Pam Melroy stand in front of the Node 2 module with it's new name, Harmony, unvei... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Standing from left, are Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Scott Parazynski and Commander Pam Melroy. In the foreground at left is Mission Specialist Daniel Tani.  Other crew members include Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0745

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiariz...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Standing from left, are Mis... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy familiarizes herself with the Node 2 Harmony module inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other STS-120 crew members include Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0759

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy fam...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy familiarizes herself with the Node 2 Harmony module inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Daniel Tani familiarizes himself with  equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other STS-120 crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station. During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0742

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Dani...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Daniel Tani familiarizes himself with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other STS-... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment and payloads inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Standing in front of the Node 2 Harmony module is Paolo Nespoli, who is with the European Space Agency. Other STS-120 crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0762

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment and payloads inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Standing in fro... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Crew members are Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0754

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Faci...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Crew members are Commander ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock (left) and Scott Parazynski familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0752

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Dou...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock (left) and Scott Parazynski familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment and payloads inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Standing inside the Node 2 Harmony module are (from left) Mission Specialists Clayton Anderson and Stephanie Wilson. Other crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Daniel Tani, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0763

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment and payloads inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Standing inside... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock (left) and Scott Parazynski familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0753

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Dou...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock (left) and Scott Parazynski familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. From the left are Commander Pam Melroy and Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani, Douglas Wheelock and Scott Parazynski. Other crew members include Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0749

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiariz...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. From the left are Commander... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment. Beginning third from left are Commander Pam Melroy, Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Douglas Wheelock and Scott Parazynski. Other crew members include Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0748

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Fac...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment. Beginning third from left are Commander Pam Melroy, Mission Speci... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the NASA logo serving as a backdrop, STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski familiarizes himself with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0764

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the NASA logo serving as a backdrop...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the NASA logo serving as a backdrop, STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski familiarizes himself with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visi... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Clayton Anderson (left) and Daniel Tani familiarize themselves with the Node 2 Harmony module inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson and Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency). Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0765

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Clay...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Clayton Anderson (left) and Daniel Tani familiarize themselves with the Node 2 Harmony module inside the Space Station Processing Facility durin... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Daniel Tani and Commander Pam Melroy familiarize themselves with the Node 2 Harmony module inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other crew members include Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0756

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Danie...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Daniel Tani and Commander Pam Melroy familiarize themselves with the Node 2 Harmony module inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski familiarizes himself with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other STS-120 crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0743

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Scot...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski familiarizes himself with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Crew members are Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0755

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Faci...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with equipment during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Crew members are Commander ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy stands inside the Node 2 Harmony module to familiarize herself with equipment during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other STS-120 crew members include Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0758

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Faci...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy stands inside the Node 2 Harmony module to familiarize herself with equipment during a visit to K... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Daniel Tani familiarizes himself with  equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other STS-120 crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Douglas Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station. During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0740

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Dani...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialist Daniel Tani familiarizes himself with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other STS-... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with the Node 2 Harmony module during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. From left are Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski, Commander Pam Melroy and Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson. Other crew members include Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock, Paoli Nespoli (with the European Space Agency), Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson. Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0757

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Faci...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside the Space Station Processing Facility, mission STS-120 crew members familiarize themselves with the Node 2 Harmony module during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. From left a... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing Facility during a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Other crew members include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani and Clayton Anderson.  Mission STS-120 will deliver the Node 2 "Harmony" connecting module to the station.  During the mission, Tani and Anderson will transfer to the station and remain as flight engineers for Expedition 15. The mission is tentatively scheduled for August of this year. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd0746

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Dou...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Mission STS-120 Mission Specialists Douglas Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli (with the European Space Agency) familiarize themselves with equipment inside the Space Station Processing F... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  --  In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3, STS-120 crew members get a look at the main bus switching unit that is part of the payload on their mission.  From left are Pilot George Zamka, Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Stephanie Wilson,  astronaut Dan Tani, who will join the International Space Station crew, and Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli, Doug Wheelock and Commander Pam Melroy.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  A main bus switching unit is used for power distribution, circuit protection and fault isolation on the space station's power system.  The units route power to proper locations in the space station, such as from solar arrays through umbilicals into the U.S. Lab.  The unit will be installed on the external stowage platform 2 attached to the Quest airlock for temporary storage.  Discovery is targeted to launch mission STS-120 no earlier than Oct. 20.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-07pd2017

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- In the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3, STS-120 crew members get a look at the main bus switching unit that is part of the payload on their mission. From left are Pilot George... more

STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot George Zamka for Heavy Aircraft Training

STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot George Zamka for Heavy Aircraft...

JSC2007-E-43538 (9 Aug. 2007) --- Astronauts Pamela A. Melroy, STS-120 commander, and George D. Zamka, pilot, pose for a photo in the cockpit of a NASA DC-9 aircraft during a Heavy Aircraft Training (HAT) session.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Seated in the cockpit of the shuttle training aircraft, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is eager to begin landing practice on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility runway. A modified Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II jet, the STA simulates an orbiter's cockpit, motion and visual cues and handling qualities. In flight, the STA duplicates the orbiter's atmospheric descent trajectory from approximately 35,000 feet altitude to landing on a runway.  Melroy and other crew members are at Kennedy Space Center to take part in the terminal countdown demonstration test, which also includes a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2690

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Seated in the cockpit of the shuttle tr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Seated in the cockpit of the shuttle training aircraft, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is eager to begin landing practice on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility runway. A modified Grumman... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The crew members of mission STS-120 arrive at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility aboard T-38 jet aircraft to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test activities. Pilot George Zamka, who will be making his first shuttle flight, prepares to exit the plane.  The terminal countdown demonstration test provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2664

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of mission STS-120 arr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of mission STS-120 arrive at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility aboard T-38 jet aircraft to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test a... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Seated in the cockpit of the shuttle training aircraft, or STA, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is ready to begin landing practice on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility runway.  A modified Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II jet, the STA simulates an orbiter's cockpit, motion and visual cues and handling qualities. In flight, the STA duplicates the orbiter's atmospheric descent trajectory from approximately 35,000 feet altitude to landing on a runway.  Melroy and other crew members are at Kennedy Space Center to take part in the terminal countdown demonstration test, which also includes a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2692

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Seated in the cockpit of the shuttle tr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Seated in the cockpit of the shuttle training aircraft, or STA, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is ready to begin landing practice on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility runway. A modifie... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The shuttle training aircraft, or STA, moves toward the runway on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility.  In the cockpit are STS-120 Commander Pamela Melroy and Pilot George Zamka, who will begin landing practice on the runway. A modified Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II jet, the STA simulates an orbiter's cockpit, motion and visual cues and handling qualities. In flight, the STA duplicates the orbiter's atmospheric descent trajectory from approximately 35,000 feet altitude to landing on a runway.  Melroy and other crew members are at Kennedy Space Center to take part in the terminal countdown demonstration test, which also includes a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2693

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle training aircraft, or STA, ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The shuttle training aircraft, or STA, moves toward the runway on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility. In the cockpit are STS-120 Commander Pamela Melroy and Pilot George Zamka, who ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Commander Pamela Melroy and Pilot George Zamka are suited in their orange launch and entry suits and on their way to NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility to practice landing in the shuttle training aircraft, or STA.  A modified Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II jet, the STA simulates an orbiter's cockpit, motion and visual cues and handling qualities. In flight, the STA duplicates the orbiter's atmospheric descent trajectory from approximately 35,000 feet altitude to landing on a runway.  Melroy and other crew members are at Kennedy Space Center to take part in the terminal countdown demonstration test, which also includes a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2687

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pamela Melroy and Pil...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pamela Melroy and Pilot George Zamka are suited in their orange launch and entry suits and on their way to NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility to practice landing in... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The crew members of mission STS-120 speak to the media following their arrival at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility aboard T-38 jet aircraft to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test activities. From left are Mission Specialists Daniel Tani, Paolo Nespoli, Doug Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Scott Parazynski; Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pam Melroy.  The terminal countdown demonstration test provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2676

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of mission STS-120 spe...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of mission STS-120 speak to the media following their arrival at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility aboard T-38 jet aircraft to take part in ter... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy addresses the media following the arrival of the STS-120 crew at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility aboard T-38 jet aircraft. The crew is at Kennedy to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test activities and also includes Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli, Doug Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Scott Parazynski and Daniel Tani, who will remain of the International Space Station as a member of the Expedition 16 crew.  The terminal countdown demonstration test provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2677

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy addresses ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy addresses the media following the arrival of the STS-120 crew at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility aboard T-38 jet aircraft. The cr... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Pilot George Zamka dons his launch and entry suit.  He will join Commander Pamela Melroy in practicing landing on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility runway in the shuttle training aircraft, or STA.   A modified Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II jet, the STA simulates an orbiter's cockpit, motion and visual cues and handling qualities. In flight, the STA duplicates the orbiter's atmospheric descent trajectory from approximately 35,000 feet altitude to landing on a runway.  Melroy and other crew members are at Kennedy Space Center to take part in the terminal countdown demonstration test, which also includes a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2686

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka dons his lau...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka dons his launch and entry suit. He will join Commander Pamela Melroy in practicing landing on NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility runway in the shuttle tra... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After driving practice on the M-113 armored personnel carrier, the STS-120 crew pauses for a group photo.  From left are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Daniel Tani and Doug Wheelock, Commander Pamela Melroy, Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency. The M-113 is part of emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A.  The training is part of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities the crew is undertaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The TCDT also includes equipment familiarization and a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2713

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After driving practice on the M-113 arm...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After driving practice on the M-113 armored personnel carrier, the STS-120 crew pauses for a group photo. From left are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Daniel Tani and Doug... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  An M-113 armored personnel carrier pushes through the underbrush during driving practice by the STS-120 crew.  In the driver's seat, at right, is Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock.  In the center is the trainer.   Other crew members in the rear are (left to right) Mission Specialists Daniel Tani, Scott Parazynski and Paolo Nespoli and Pilot George Zamka. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  The training is part of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities the crew is undertaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The TCDT also includes equipment familiarization and a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2704

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- An M-113 armored personnel carrier push...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- An M-113 armored personnel carrier pushes through the underbrush during driving practice by the STS-120 crew. In the driver's seat, at right, is Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock.... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Outside the M-113 armored personnel carrier,  STS-120 crew members listen to instructions on its use for emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A.   From left are Mission Specialists Daniel Tani and Doug Wheelock, Pilot George Zamka, Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski, Commander Pamela Melroy, and Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli and Stephanie Wilson.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. The training is part of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities the crew is undertaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The TCDT also includes equipment familiarization and a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2698

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Outside the M-113 armored personnel car...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Outside the M-113 armored personnel carrier, STS-120 crew members listen to instructions on its use for emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A. From left are Mission Spe... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Pilot George Zamka gets ready in the driver's seat for driving practice in the M-113 armored personnel carrier. The M-113 is part of emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A.   Behind Zamka, half hidden, is Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency. The training is part of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities the crew is undertaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The TCDT also includes equipment familiarization and a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2700

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka gets ready i...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka gets ready in the driver's seat for driving practice in the M-113 armored personnel carrier. The M-113 is part of emergency exit procedures from Launch ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 crew members listen to instructions about the use of the M-113 armored personnel carrier for emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A.  From the front, on the left, are Mission Specialists Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Stephanie Wilson; at right are Pilot George Zamka, Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Daniel Tani, and Commander Pamela Melroy.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. The training is part of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities the crew is undertaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The TCDT also includes equipment familiarization and a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2699

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 crew members listen to instruct...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 crew members listen to instructions about the use of the M-113 armored personnel carrier for emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A. From the front, on the left, a... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock gets ready in the driver's seat for driving practice in the M-113 armored personnel carrier. The M-113 is part of emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A.  Behind him, at right, is Pilot George Zamka. The training is part of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities the crew is undertaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The TCDT also includes equipment familiarization and a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2703

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheeloc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock gets ready in the driver's seat for driving practice in the M-113 armored personnel carrier. The M-113 is part of emergency exit procedure... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency, practices driving the M-113 armored personnel carrier, which is part of emergency exit procedures from Launch Pad 39A.  Also in front is the trainer.  Passenger crew members in the rear are (from left) Mission Specialists Daniel Tani, Commander Pamela Melroy, Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski and Pilot George Zamka.  The training is part of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities the crew is undertaking at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The TCDT also includes equipment familiarization and a simulated launch countdown. Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2706

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Paolo Nespol...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency, practices driving the M-113 armored personnel carrier, which is part of emergency exit procedur... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Gathered in the white room on Launch Pad 39A, alongside space shuttle Discovery, the STS-120 crew pauses for a photo.  Clockwise from the bottom are Commander Pamela Melroy, Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Stephanie Wilson, Pilot George Zamka, Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli,  Daniel Tani and Doug Wheelock (kneeling).  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. After the mission, Tani will remain aboard the International Space Station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6. The crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2735

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Gathered in the white room on Launch Pad...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Gathered in the white room on Launch Pad 39A, alongside space shuttle Discovery, the STS-120 crew pauses for a photo. Clockwise from the bottom are Commander Pamela Melroy, Missio... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  During emergency egress training as part of the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, STS-120 crew members learn how to get out of the slidewire basket at the landing site.  In the basket are Commander Pamela Melroy and Pilot George Zamka.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2746

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress training as par...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress training as part of the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, STS-120 crew members learn how to get out of the slidewire basket at the... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  At the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A, the STS-120 crew responds to questions from the media.  With the microphone is Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency.  The rest of the crew are, from left, Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock and Daniel Tani.  Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23. Tani will remain aboard the station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2733

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the slidewire basket landing on Laun...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A, the STS-120 crew responds to questions from the media. With the microphone is Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, who represents ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The STS-120 crew appears at the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A for a media conference.  From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  The crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test activities that include emergency egress procedures and a simulated launch countdown.  Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23. Tani will remain aboard the station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2724

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew appears at the slidewi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew appears at the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A for a media conference. From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialis... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The STS-120 crew takes a moment for a group photo at the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A after taking part in a press conference.  From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  The crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test activities that include emergency egress procedures and a simulated launch countdown.  Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23. Tani will remain aboard the station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2734

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew takes a moment for a g...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew takes a moment for a group photo at the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A after taking part in a press conference. From left are Commander Pamela Melroy... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  During emergency egress training, the crew gets instructions about what to do when the slidewire baskets (at right) reach the landing site.  In the foreground is Commander Pamela Melroy; lined up behind her are Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Daniel Tani, Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency.  After the mission, Tani will remain aboard the International Space Station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2741

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. During emergency egress training, the crew gets instructions ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. Gathered in the white room on Launch Pad 39A, the crew gets instructions on emergency egress from the space shuttle.  Clockwise from lower left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Stephanie Wilson, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli,  Daniel Tani and Doug Wheelock.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain aboard the International Space Station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2736

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. Gathered in the white room on Launch Pad 39A, the crew gets in... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  Here, during emergency egress training, crew members practice climbing into the slidewire baskets that can carry them safely to a landing site away from the shuttle.  In the basket are, from left, Mission Specialists Doug Wheelock and Scott Parazynski and Pilot George Zamka.  Watching them are, from left, Commander Pamela Melroy and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Daniel Tani, with camera.  After the mission, Tani will remain aboard the International Space Station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2738

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. Here, during emergency egress training, crew members practice... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  STS-120 Pilot George Zamka responds to a question from the media during a press conference at the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A.  The crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test activities that include emergency egress procedures and a simulated launch countdown.   Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23. Tani will remain aboard the station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2730

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka responds to ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka responds to a question from the media during a press conference at the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A. The crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  At the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A, the STS-120 crew responds to questions from the media.  From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (with the microphone), Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  The crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to take part in terminal countdown demonstration test activities that include emergency egress procedures and a simulated launch countdown.  Mission STS-120, which will carry the Italian-built U.S. Node 2 to the International Space Station, is targeted for launch on Oct. 23. Tani will remain aboard the station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2732

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the slidewire basket landing on Laun...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the slidewire basket landing on Launch Pad 39A, the STS-120 crew responds to questions from the media. From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Sp... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  Here, the crew gets instructions about emergency egress from the fixed service structure.  From left are Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Scott Parazynski, Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Daniel Tani, Doug Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency.  After the mission, Tani will remain aboard the International Space Station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2737

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Sp...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the pre-launch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. Here, the crew gets instructions about emergency egress from ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka finishes getting into his parachute pack before entering space shuttle Discovery for a simulated launch countdown.  The countdown is the culmination of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and  emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd2781

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, STS...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka finishes getting into his parachute pack before entering space shuttle Discovery for a simulated launch countdown. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew gathers at the slidewire basket area on Launch Pad 39A after practicing emergency egress, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  Seen here in their launch and entry suits are (from left) Pilot George Zamka, Commander Pamela Melroy and (far right) Mission Specialist Daniel Tani.  Their name patches reflect the nicknames the crew gave each other for the event.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2806

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew gathers at the slidewir...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew gathers at the slidewire basket area on Launch Pad 39A after practicing emergency egress, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. Se... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Following the successful simulated launch countdown and emergency egress practice, the STS-120 crew gathers for the traditional photo near the top of the fixed service structure.  From left are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Stephanie Wilson, Pilot George Zamka, Commander Pamela Melroy, and Mission Specialists Daniel Tani, Doug Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency.   The countdown was the culmination of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2810

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Following the successful simulated launc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Following the successful simulated launch countdown and emergency egress practice, the STS-120 crew gathers for the traditional photo near the top of the fixed service structure. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 prepare for their return to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston following three days of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities.  At Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, Pilot George Zamka, at left, and Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli are packed and ready to board their aircraft. Nespoli is representing the European Space Agency on STS-120. The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews with equipment familiarization, emergency egress training and a simulated launch countdown. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station on a 14-day mission.  Discovery's launch is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2811

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of space shuttle missio...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 prepare for their return to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston following three days of terminal countdown demonstration test, ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, the closeout crew helps STS-120 Pilot George Zamka to get into a parachute pack before entering space shuttle Discovery for a simulated launch countdown.  The countdown is the culmination of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  His name patch reflects the nicknames the crew gave each other for the event.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and  emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd2780

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, the closeout crew helps STS-120 Pilot George Zamka to get into a parachute pack before entering space shuttle Discovery for a simulated launch ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka completes suiting up to take part in a simulated launch countdown, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  His name patch reflects the nicknames the crew gave each other for the event.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization,  emergency training and the simulated countdown. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2769

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka completes sui...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka completes suiting up to take part in a simulated launch countdown, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. His name patch ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress from Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pamela Melroy head for the slidewire baskets.  The basket can carry them to a safe landing site below, if needed. The activity is part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2804

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress from Launch Pad ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress from Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pamela Melroy head for the slidewire baskets. The basket can carry them to a safe landing sit... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside space shuttle Discovery, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is ready for the simulated launch countdown, culmination of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2796

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside space shuttle Discovery, STS-120 ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Inside space shuttle Discovery, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is ready for the simulated launch countdown, culmination of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of mission STS-120 gather for breakfast before resuming their terminal countdown demonstration test activities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. From left are Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, making her second spaceflight and Daniel Tani, slated to join the Expedition 16 crew; Pilot George Zamka, making his first spaceflight; Commander Pamela Melroy, the second woman to command a shuttle mission; and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, making his fifth spaceflight; Paolo Nespoli, representing the European Space Agency; and Doug Wheelock, who will be performing three spacewalks on his first mission. The terminal countdown demonstration test provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission to the International Space Station.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2757

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of mission STS-120 gath...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of mission STS-120 gather for breakfast before resuming their terminal countdown demonstration test activities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. From left are Missio... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Operations and Checkout Building, the crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 wave to well-wishers as they board the bus that will transport them to Launch Pad 39A during their terminal countdown demonstration test activities. In the left row are, from front, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani, and Scott Parazynski.  In the right row are, from front, Commander Pam Melroy and Mission Specialists Doug Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. After the mission, Tani will remain aboard the International Space Station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  The terminal countdown demonstration test provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the ISS.  Discovery's launch is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2774

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Operations and Checkout Building,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Operations and Checkout Building, the crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 wave to well-wishers as they board the bus that will transport them to Launch Pad 39A dur... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is donning his launch and entry suit to take part in a simulated launch countdown, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. His name patch reflects the nicknames the crew gave each other for the event. The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization,  emergency training and the simulated countdown. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Launch of Discovery on mission STS-120 is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2767

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is donning hi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is donning his launch and entry suit to take part in a simulated launch countdown, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski are ready to enter space shuttle Discovery for a simulated launch countdown.  The countdown is the culmination of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and  emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd2784

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, STS...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the white room on Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka (left) and Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski are ready to enter space shuttle Discovery for a simulated launch cou... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress from Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pamela Melroy are in one of the slidewire baskets.  Zamka, at left, reaches for the release lever.  The basket can carry them to a safe landing site below, if needed. The activity is part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2805

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress from Launch Pad ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- During emergency egress from Launch Pad 39A, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pamela Melroy are in one of the slidewire baskets. Zamka, at left, reaches for the release le... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 prepare for their return to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston following three days of terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, activities.  At Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, Pilot George Zamka, in front, and Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli secure themselves in a T-38 jet aircraft for takeoff. Nespoli is representing the European Space Agency on STS-120.  The TCDT provides astronauts and ground crews with equipment familiarization, emergency egress training and a simulated launch countdown. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station on a 14-day mission.  Discovery's launch is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2813

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of space shuttle missio...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 prepare for their return to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston following three days of terminal countdown demonstration test, ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew gathers at the slidewire basket area on Launch Pad 39A after practicing emergency egress, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT.  Seen here in their launch and entry suits are (from left) Pilot George Zamka, Commander Pamela Melroy and Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski.  Their name patches reflect the nicknames the crew gave each other for the event.  The TCDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various launch preparation activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Discovery is targeted to launch on its 14-day mission at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2807

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew gathers at the slidewir...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew gathers at the slidewire basket area on Launch Pad 39A after practicing emergency egress, part of the prelaunch terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT. Se... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Operations and Checkout Building, the crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 prepare to board the bus that will transport them to Launch Pad 39A during their terminal countdown demonstration test activities. In the left row are, from front, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani, and Scott Parazynski.  In the right row are, from front, Commander Pam Melroy and Mission Specialists Doug Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. After the mission, Tani will remain aboard the International Space Station and return with the STS-122 crew, targeted to launch Dec. 6.  The terminal countdown demonstration test provides astronauts and ground crews an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. The STS-120 mission will deliver the U.S. Node 2 module, named Harmony, aboard space shuttle Discovery to the ISS.  Discovery's launch is targeted for Oct. 23 at 11:38 a.m. EDT on a 14-day mission.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2773

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Operations and Checkout Building,...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Operations and Checkout Building, the crew members of space shuttle mission STS-120 prepare to board the bus that will transport them to Launch Pad 39A during their terminal... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  At the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Commander Pamela Melroy addresses the spectators who welcomed the crew's arrival.  Behind her are Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  Tani will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  The crew has returned to Kennedy to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23.  The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station’s Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2886

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Commander Pamela Melroy addresses the spectators who welcomed the crew's arrival. Behind her are Pilot Geo... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  At the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 crew members talk to the media and other spectators who greeted their arrival.  From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski (at microphone), Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  Tani will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  The crew has returned to Kennedy to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23.  The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station’s Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2889

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 crew members talk to the media and other spectators who greeted their arrival. From left are Commander Pam... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew lines up for a photo.  From left are From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  The crew has returned to Kennedy to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23.  The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station’s Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2892

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Landi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew lines up for a photo. From left are From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pil... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew shares high-fives for the start of the final leg of their preparation for launch.  From left are Pilot George Zamka, Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock, Commander Pamela Melroy (back to camera), and Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani.  Not pictured is Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  Tani will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete. The crew has returned to Kennedy to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23.  The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station’s Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2891

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Landi...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew shares high-fives for the start of the final leg of their preparation for launc... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  After their arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew lines up for a photo.  From left are From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock and Paolo Nespoli.  Not pictured is Daniel Tani, who  will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. The crew has returned to Kennedy to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23.  The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station’s Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2890

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Land...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After their arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew lines up for a photo. From left are From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pi... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The STS-120 crew walks across the parking area of the Shuttle Landing Facility after arrival at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Zamka and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Doug Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani and Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency.   Tani will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  The crew has returned to Kennedy to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT on Oct. 23.  The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station’s Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2885

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew walks across the parki...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew walks across the parking area of the Shuttle Landing Facility after arrival at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. From left are Commander Pamela Melroy, Pilot George Z... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy parks a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  She and STS-120 Pilot George Zamka are training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings using the STA.  Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2894

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy parks a Shu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy parks a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. She and STS-120 Pilot George Zamka are tr... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot George Zamka disembark from the Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, behind them on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  They were training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings using the STA.  Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2897

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot G...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot George Zamka disembark from the Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, behind them on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facili... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, parks on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  Aboard are STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot George Zamka, training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings using the STA. Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2893

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, par...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, parks on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. Aboard are STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and Pilot George Zamka, traini... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy disembarks from a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  She and STS-120 Pilot George Zamka were training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings using the STA.  Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2896

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy disembarks ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy disembarks from a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, on the tarmac at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. She and STS-120 Pilot George Za... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pam Melroy pose for a portrait on the tarmac at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  They were training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STAs, behind them.  Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is scheduled to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2908

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Commander...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pam Melroy pose for a portrait on the tarmac at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. They were training for their upcomin... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A glimpse of STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy is caught in the cockpit of a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  She and STS-120 Pilot George Zamka are training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings in STAs. Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is scheduled to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2903

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A glimpse of STS-120 Commander Pam Melro...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A glimpse of STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy is caught in the cockpit of a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. She and STS-120... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy disembarks from a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  She and STS-120 Pilot George Zamka were training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings in STAs.  Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is scheduled to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2905

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy disembarks ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy disembarks from a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. She and STS-120 Pilot George Zamka were ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and her flight crew disembark from a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  She and STS-120 Pilot George Zamka were training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings in STAs.  Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is scheduled to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2906

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and her fli...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy and her flight crew disembark from a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. She and STS-120 Pilot... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A glimpse of STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is caught in the cockpit of a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.  He and STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy are training for their upcoming space shuttle mission by practicing landings in STAs.  Melroy is the second woman to command a shuttle mission. Also assigned to STS-120 are Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani. Nespoli represents the European Space Agency. Tani will remain on the International Space Station as an Expedition 16 flight engineer after the STS-120 mission is complete. The mission will be the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, delivering the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. The crew arrived at Kennedy on Oct. 19 to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery at 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks -- four by shuttle crew members and one by the station's Expedition 16 crew -- to install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is scheduled to complete its mission and return home on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2904

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A glimpse of STS-120 Pilot George Zamka ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A glimpse of STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is caught in the cockpit of a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. He and STS-120 Co... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew enjoy a photo moment during a final daylight excursion to the launch pad the day before launch.  From left are Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, Pilot George Zamka, Commander Pamela Melroy and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani, Doug Wheelock and Scott Parazynski.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  Tani will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  Liftoff of space shuttle Discovery is scheduled for 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the International Space Station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  On the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2916

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew enjoy a photo moment during a final daylight excursion to the launch pad the day before launch. From left are Mission Specialist P... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew shows solidarity and enthusiasm during an excursion to the launch pad the day before launch.  From left are Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli, Pilot George Zamka, Commander Pamela Melroy and Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani and Doug Wheelock.  Nespoli represents the European Space Agency.  Tani will be remaining on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  Liftoff of space shuttle Discovery is scheduled for 11:38 a.m. EDT Oct. 23. The mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the International Space Station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  On the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2915

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew shows solidarity and enthusiasm during an excursion to the launch pad the day before launch. From left are Mission Specialist Paol... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The STS-120 crew members wave to spectators as they head for the Astrovan that will take them to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Leading the way at right is Commander Pamela Melroy.  Behind her, from right, are Pilot George Zamka, and Mission Specialists Doug Wheelock, Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani, Scott Parazynski and Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency.  Tani will remain on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete.  Discovery is scheduled for liftoff at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  The mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2944

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew members wave to specta...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew members wave to spectators as they head for the Astrovan that will take them to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Leading the way at right is Command... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Before getting on the Astrovan for the ride to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew pauses to wave to spectators.  From left are Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli, Scott Parazynski, Daniel Tani, Doug Wheelock and Stepahnie Wilson, Pilot George Zamka and Commander Pamela Melroy.  Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled for liftoff at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  The mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2945

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Before getting on the Astrovan for the ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Before getting on the Astrovan for the ride to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew pauses to wave to spectators. From left are Mission Specialists Pao... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the White Room on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120  Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski is helped by the closeout crew to put on a parachute and get ready to enter space shuttle Discovery for liftoff at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  Behind him, near Discovery's hatch opening, is Pilot George Zamka.  The STS-120 mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Scott Haun, Tom Farrar, Rafael Hernandez KSC-07pd2979

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the White Room on Launch Pad 39A at N...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the White Room on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski is helped by the closeout crew to put on a parachute and get ready ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The STS-120 crew strides out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after suiting up for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Leading the way, on the right, is Commander Pamela Melroy, followed by Mission Specialists Doug LWheelock and Paolo Nespoli, who represents the European Space Agency.  On the left is Pilot George Zamka, followed by Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Daniel Tani and Scott Parazynski.  Tani will remain on the International Space Station to join the Expedition 16 crew after the mission is complete. The crew is heading for the Astrovan that will take them to Launch Pad 39A.  Discovery is scheduled for liftoff at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  The mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2943

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew strides out of the Ope...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The STS-120 crew strides out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after suiting up for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the White Room on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120  Pilot George Zamka is helped by the closeout crew to put on a parachute and get ready to enter space shuttle Discovery for liftoff at 11:38 a.m. EDT. The STS-120 mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.   Photo credit: NASA/Scott Haun, Tom Farrar, Rafael Hernandez KSC-07pd2978

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the White Room on Launch Pad 39A at N...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the White Room on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka is helped by the closeout crew to put on a parachute and get ready to enter space sh... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew members have gathered for the traditional breakfast before launch on space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.  Around the table, from left, are Mission Specialists Paolo Nespoli and Daniel Tani, Pilot George Zamka, Commander Pamela Melroy and Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson, Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock.  Melroy is only the second woman to command a shuttle mission.   Discovery is scheduled for liftoff from Launch Pad 39A at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  The mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2927

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the STS-120 crew members have gathered for the traditional breakfast before launch on space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station. ... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka has his helmet communications tested after donning his launch and entry suit.  He and the rest of the crew will be heading to Launch Pad 39A for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station. Discovery is scheduled for liftoff at 11:38 a.m. EDT.  The mission will be the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery.  Payload on the mission is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony.  During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them.  Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd2940

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, STS-120 Pilot George Zamka has his helmet communications tested after donning his launch and entry suit. He and the rest of the crew will be headi... more