Time for a write-up on Monday and Tuesday's events.
On Monday I got to the press site at about 6:00 in the morning. Buses took everyone out to the Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). The MDD is basically a large, immobile crane that lifts the orbiter. The 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) then drives underneath, the orbiter is lowered and attached ("mated"), and then the two back out.
Only one SCA remains in use, NASA 905 (N905NA). NASA 911 (N911NA) was retired in February. After ferrying Discovery to Dulles, NASA 905 will ferry Enterprise from Dulles to JFK, then Endeavour from KSC to LAX, before being retired herself and converted for other uses.
Mating was supposed to occur on Saturday, but high winds forced a scrub and those operations were carried out on Sunday instead. On Monday morning, the attached orbiter and 747 are backed out of the MDD.
Backing out isn't terribly eventful, but it is a good photo op. The 747's APU is running for this procedure, so things aren't exactly silent.
The three UH-1H's employed by KSC can be used to carry machine gunners or cameramen. Today the order of business is cameras.
Discovery's window covers are still in place, and must be removed by hand. A crane positions technicians to do this.
The crew of STS-133, Discovery's final mission.
This shot was taken on the way back from remote camera setup at the South end of the runway. The camera I posted earlier was the remote. It failed, but it doesn't matter, and I'll get into that later.
KSC employees are given an opportunity to see Discovery before she leaves. Back at the VAB, buses were loading up lines of employees throughout the day to see Discovery.