Discovery ready for launch  (Source: NASA)
Shuttle Discovery is moved to its launch site; Russia warns the world over space militarization; and the identity of the latest space traveler has been revealed

NASA moved shuttle Discovery from its Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to launch complex 39A, its final destination before launching into space.  Originally scheduled to be moved last week, the three-mile journey had to be delayed while engineers repaired an unexpected hydraulic leak.  Discovery will transport a connecting module Harmony to the International Space Station (ISS) - Harmony will connect the U.S. part of the module to the Japanese and European sections, which will be installed next year.

The U.S. space agency hopes to launch Discovery on October 23, although only two backup days are available if a technical malfunction causes a delay.

As the threat of a global space war continues to grow, especially after China successfully demonstrated anti-satellite technology last year, Russia issued a warning that the space power would be left with no choice but retaliation if other nations deploy weapons.  Although Col.-Gen Vladimir Popovkin declined to single out a specific nation.

"We don't want to fight in space but on the other hand we will not permit any other country to lord it over the cosmos," said Popovkin.  "If a country deploys weapons in space the laws of the arms race are that opposing weapons will appear ... It's necessary to set in law the rules of the game in space."

Both Russia and China requested the United Nations intervene to help create international boundaries that all major space nations should abide by.

Space Adventures recently announced that its sixth paying space tourist will be Richard Garriott, son of former astronaut Owen Garriott, who spent almost two months stationed aboard the Skylab.  As the largest private investor in Space Adventures, Garriott is best known for creating "Ultima" and NCsoft Corp's North American subsidiary.  Garriott will be first son of an American astronaut to head into space towards the ISS, reportedly paying almost $30 million for the trip.

Even though Space Adventures is a company based in the United States, NASA flies space experts only, forcing Space Adventures to send astronauts to space on Russian Soyuz spacecrafts.

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