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Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Forward Reaction Control System is re-installed onto space shuttle Discovery on November 3, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

DISCOVERY ALMOST WHOLE AGAIN... Last Thursday, the Forward Reaction Control System (FRCS) pod was re-installed onto the orbiter Discovery after spending several months at White Sands, New Mexico being cleaned and decommissioned prior to being displayed at the Smithsonian next year. The FRCS' re-installation comes about a week after the last of two Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pods was re-attached to Discovery inside an Orbiter Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The only major items that need to be done now is installing three Replica Shuttle Main Engines (the real Space Shuttle Main Engines are being reserved for future use on NASA’s Space Launch System) and the two main OMS thruster nozzles onto Discovery before the end of this year...

Discovery is on-track to being transported to her final retirement home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia on April 12, 2012.

The starboard Orbital Maneuvering System pod is being re-attached to space shuttle Discovery on October 27, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

The starboard Orbital Maneuvering System pod is re-attached to space shuttle Discovery on October 28, 2011.
NASA / Jim Grossmann

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