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Submission + - Space Shuttle Discovery Launches Toward ISS

iamlucky13 writes: The Space Shuttle Discovery successfully lifted off from Kennedy Space Center at 11:38 EDT this morning for the 14 day STS-120 mission to the International Space Station. In a carefully orchestrated series of moves, the busy mission will install the Harmony module currently in Discovery's payload bay, relocate a docking adapter, and move the first US-launched solar panel from it's temporary position on the top of the station to the end of the recently completed truss structure. The addition of Harmony provides more space for astronauts and equipment and a node for the future attachment of the European-made Columbus and Japanese-built Kibo laboratory modules. In addition, Luke Skywalker's original prop lightsaber from Star Wars is onboard to commemorate 30 years since the premiere of the classic space epic.

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