The morning sun bursts through an opening between the external tank and solid booster rocket on Space Shuttle Discovery as it wends its way aboard the crawler-transporter to Launch Pad 39B. The crawler-transporter carries its cargo at 1 mph, taking about five hours to cover the 4.2 miles from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad. Liftoff of Discovery on mission STS-96 is targeted for May 20 at 9:32 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-led experiment. (Photo Release Date: 04/23/1999 )

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