Space Shuttle Discovery On Launch Pad For Final Mission

09.21.10 | FL News Team

(Kennedy Space Center, FL)  --  The Space Shuttle Discovery is on a Kennedy Space Center launch pad for what is scheduled to be its final mission.  More than three-thousand employees and family members were on hand Monday night to watch as the shuttle was transferred from the Florida facility's vehicle assembly building.  The oldest of NASA's three active orbiters moved at a stately pace over a three-point-four mile route to the launch pad.

A launch date of November 1st has been targeted.  Astronauts will take supplies and equipment on a permanent multipurpose module to the International Space Station.  They will also transport what NASA calls a "humanoid helper" known as Robonaut 2.  Astronaut Steve Lindsey will command the crew.