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/// EDS: For a longer mission overview, see background report 5-47105 issued on October 3 ///
INTRO: After three delays due to technical problems and high winds, the U-S space shuttle Discovery is finally on its way to a rendezvous with the international space station. As we hear from V-O-A Science Correspondent David McAlary, the shuttle is carrying two new components for installation on the outpost later this week.
TEXT: Discovery lifted off from the Kennedy space Center with a crew of six U-S astronauts and a Japanese crewmember.
This 100th shuttle mission is a complicated space station construction flight. Discovery is carrying another docking port and a boxy latticework structure called a truss resembling a broadcast antenna section.
The crew will attach the truss and the additional entrance to the U-S segment of the station with the shuttle's crane. Two teams of astronauts will connect the new equipment electronically during four spacewalks.
The truss houses communications equipment and the station's positioning gyroscopes. It is also a framework to which solar panels will be attached on a later construction flight.
This is the final shuttle mission before permanent space station occupation begins. Two Russian cosmonauts and a U-S astronaut arrive in a Russian rocket in early November to become the first of many long-duration crews. (SIGNED)