Space shuttle Discovery transported to launch pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL NASA moved the shuttle out of its giant hangar around midnight Tuesday. The three-and-a-half-mile trip took much of Wednesday morning.

Discovery is set to blast off April 5 with a load of science experiments. It will be the next-to-last flight for Discovery. Only four shuttle missions remain. Discovery is slated to make the final shuttle flight in September.

The seven-member crew includes three women, one of them African-American and another Japanese, both rarities in space. The astronauts are at Florida's Kennedy Space Center for countdown practice.

Liftoff is scheduled for 6:26 a.m. -- right before sunrise.

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