Discovery shuttle reaches liftoff pad

From Times Wire Reports

Space shuttle Discovery reached its launchpad in Cape Canaveral in preparation for a May 31 liftoff to place a huge Japanese research complex on the International Space Station.

With the shuttle in position, NASA will soon hold a practice launch countdown with the seven-member crew. The mission is the third of five planned for this year.

NASA has 10 shuttle flights remaining to the $100-billion space station before the fleet is to be retired in 2010.

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