Shuttle Discovery to Launch Thursday

If you are interested, the shuttle launch for Discovery is set to launch Thursday at 4:50 PM Eastern time.

Shuttle Discovery to Launch Thursday HUNTSVILLE, AL – NASA’s Mission Management Team has unanimously approved Thursday’s attempt to launch space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.

This will be the last shuttle launch for Discovery, and liftoff is set for 4:50pm Eastern time.

Discovery is taking supplies to the space station on one of the last shuttle runs NASA will make before the program ends.

A video retrospective of the shuttle is below.


After Discovery, Endeavour has one more flight, and Atlantis will possibly fly later this year. This will be the 35th flight to the space station. The shuttle’s propulsion system is managed at Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

NASA says, “Discovery has flown more missions than any other shuttle – more than any other spacecraft, in fact. After 38 missions to date, and more than 5,600 trips around the Earth, Discovery has carried satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit and sent the Ulysses robotic probe on its way to the Sun. It was the first shuttle to rendezvous with the Russian Mir Space Station, and it delivered the Japanese Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station.”

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