KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Space Shuttle Columbia begins the trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A, sitting atop the Mobile Launcher Platform, which in turn is carried by the crawler-transporter underneath. The STS-107 research mission comprises experiments ranging from material sciences to life sciences (many rats), plus the Fast Reaction Experiments Enabling Science, Technology, Applications and Research (FREESTAR) that incorporates eight high priority secondary attached shuttle experiments. Mission STS-107 is scheduled to launch Jan. 16, 2003. (Photo Release Date: 12/09/2002 )
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