NASA's Discovery: Space Shuttle Launch Kennedy Space Center?

The shuttle launch countdown is over and the Discovery shuttle has launched today toward the International Space Station (ISS) at the NASA, Kennedy space center for a 13-day mission.

Three women are riding aboard Discovery.

The shuttle and its crew of seven will deliver spare parts and science experiments to the ISS.
The NASA space shuttle which began its journey today would be reaching the space station on Wednesday and is scheduled to remain there reportedly for a period of nine days. It has been stated the space shuttle is carrying a cargo hauler which comprises of equipments, foods and other important supplies.

I missed the launch in TV because I took my kids to my sister's house. Are there pictures or a youtube video of NASA's Discovery shuttle launch?

asked by Cole in Astronomy & Space | 3283 views | 04-05-2010 at 01:49 PM

This was NASA's last scheduled shuttle launch in darkness. Only three missions remain after this one.

Discovery was scheduled to blast off at 6:21 a.m., nearly an hour before sunrise. The shuttle and its crew of seven will deliver spare parts and science experiments to the nearly completed space station.

There were screams of excitement for Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, set to become the second woman from her country to soar into space. "Get back, get back!" someone shouted as Yamazaki ventured too close to the picture-taking crowd.

There had been only a 20 percent chance weather would scrub the liftoff. The only concern had been the prospect of early morning fog that could have hindered visibility of the nearby landing strip in the event of an emergency return, but it never materialized.

An early glitch with a fuel cell got the all-clear about 5:40 a.m.

And NASA later experienced a brief computer problem at the tracking station at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, but was able to switch to a backup.

NASA said Discovery's mission will mark the first time four women have been in space at one time: Three women - mission specialists Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger and Naoko Yamazaki - comprise part of the Discovery's crew. NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson is already at the space station. The launch comes three days after Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18, carrying Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, blasted off to the International Space Station from a Kazakhstan facility.

Pictures of NASA's Discovery: Space Shuttle Launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

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The 13-day STS-131 mission of the Discovery shuttle, with a seven-member crew aboard, includes the launch and installation of the new standardized micro-laboratory.

Despite the fact that small laboratories have earlier been installed at the ISS, the NanoRacks-Kentucky Space endeavor boasts the first-of-its-kind standardized, economical and lightweight technology that can essentially be used by several organizations for conducting a wide range of microgravity science experiments.

Video of the Space Shuttle Launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

answered by Sean | 04-05-2010 at 01:58 PM

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