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article imageSpace shuttle Discovery prepped for next launch

By jeremy     Nov 6, 2006 in Technology
"The coming missions to finish the International Space Station are among the hardest and most complex ever."
The upcoming mission, set to launch on December 7, is to rewire the International Space Station. The station has been running on a temporary electrical system since it first went into orbit.
"Director John Curry compared it to the way you might build a house on the ground – until your electricity is hooked up, you probably plug your saws into a generator. That's basically what the astronauts building and living on the station have been doing for the past eight years."
Two new solar arrays were installed in September and everything is in place to switch over to permanent power.
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