Launch Pad Preparations Under Way

Technicians are working at different parts of Launch Pad 39A tonight as space shuttle Discovery is readied for launch. The Closeout Crew is getting the cockpit and middeck set for the seven astronauts who will fly Discovery into orbit, and the Final Inspection Team is surveying the outside of the shuttle for signs of debris or ice buildup. Launch remains on schedule for 1:36 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.