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Wed 2 Feb 2011 12:33 PM

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Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad

Discovery is making the 3.4-mile journey to the launch pad in preparation for its final mission scheduled for Feb 24

Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls to the launch pad after emerging from NASA's vehicle assembly building atop a crawler transporter at Kennedy Space Center on January 31 (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
Discovery is making the 3.4-mile journey to the launch pad in preparation for its final mission scheduled for February 24 (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
A view of Space Shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 1 (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
The shuttle, mounted to its twin solid rocket boosters and recently fortified external tank, was moved atop its mobile launch platform by one of NASA's two Apollo-era crawler transporters (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
Discovery, NASA's oldest flying orbiter and the first one to reach its final scheduled flight, had its first launch-pad rollout last September(Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
A hydrogen leak scrubbed its first attempt originally scheduled to launch last November(Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
On the pad, Discovery will again undergo final preparations to launch on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
Space Shuttle Discovery sits in the NASA vehicle assembly building atop a crawler transporter while being prepared for moving to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
NASA has targeted Feb 24 at 4:50 pm ET for Discovery's 39th and final launch (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
The planned 11-day flight is the third-last on NASA’s manifest for its 30-year-old space shuttle programme (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
Space Shuttle Discovery sits on the launch pad as it is prepared for a scheduled Feb 24 launch (Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery rolls out to launch pad
A NASA employee stands near Space Shuttle Discovery as it sits in the NASA vehicle assembly building atop a crawler transporter (Getty Images)

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