Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Discovery makes a successful launch

Space Shuttle Discovery has made a successful launch. STS-121 took off at 18:38 GMT [14:38 EDT] and within minutes was in orbit. It is the first launch to occur on America's Independence Day, July 4th. It is set to take new supplies to the International Space Station [ISS]. Besides cracks found in the insulating foam NASA decided to go ahead with the launch, saying that the parts of foam were too small to do damage. The shuttles are due to be retired by 2010, but NASA are hoping to make a further 16 missions from the remaining three shuttles before that time. Posted by Picasa

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