KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Just before sunrise the payload canister arrives at Launch Pad 39A. In the background is Space Shuttle Discovery, waiting to launch on mission STS-105. Inside the canister are the primary payloads on the mission, the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo and the Integrated Cargo Carrier. The ICC holds several smaller payloads, the Early Ammonia Servicer and two experiment containers. The Early Ammonia Servicer consists of two nitrogen tanks that provide compressed gaseous nitrogen to pressurize the ammonia tank and replenish it in the thermal control subsystems of the Space Station. The ICC and MPLM will be lifted into the payload changeout room on the Rotation Service Structure where they will be moved into the Discoverys payload bay. The STS-105 mission includes a crew changeover on the International Space Station. Expedition Three will be traveling on Discovery to replace Expedition Two, who will return to Earth on board Discovery. Launch of STS-105 is scheduled for Aug. 9. (Photo Release Date: 07/25/2001 )
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