In the early morning hours, Space Shuttle Discovery is returned to Launch Pad 39B aboard the crawler transporter. Earlier in the week, the Shuttle was rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building to repair hail damage to the foam insulation on the external tank. The 4.2-mile trek takes about five hours at the 1-mph speed of the crawler. Mission STS-96, the 94th launch in the Space Shuttle Program, is scheduled for liftoff May 27 at 6:48 a.m. EDT. STS-96 is a logistics and resupply mission for the International Space Station, carrying such payloads as a Russian crane, the Strela; a U.S.-built crane; the Spacehab Oceaneering Space System Box (SHOSS), a logistics items carrier; and STARSHINE, a student-shared experiment. (Photo Release Date: 05/20/1999 )
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