Launch preparations for STS-120 seem to be on a good track. I just was able to obtain a few stunning images of Discovery being mated to the external tank and the solid rocket boosters. This all happens in the VAB, the gigantic assembly building.
On the images, you can see how the orbiter is hooked on a crane and then slowly moved over and attached to the rest of the stack.
Please note that in everyday speak, we say "space shuttle" and usually actually mean orbiter. The airplane-like crew and cargo transport system is "just" the orbiter. When mated to the boosters and external tank, it *then* become the full space shuttle.
To view all pictures, please visit my STS-120 VAB assembly picture album.
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