Primary Payload: Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, science experiment racks, COLBERT treadmill
Launch Date: Aug. 28
Launch Time: 11:59 p.m. EDT
Launch Pad: 39A
Landing Date: Sept. 10
Landing Time: 7:09 p.m.
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission Duration: 13 days
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
Image above: Space shuttle Discovery roars into orbit on the strength of its three main engines and twin solid rocket boosters. Photo credit: NASA TV
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Discovery Lifts Off on Flight to International Space Station
Space shuttle Discovery launched on time Friday, Aug. 28, at 11:59 p.m. The shuttle is carrying equipment, experiments and supplies for the International Space Station, including the COLBERT treadmill, named for comedian Stephen Colbert. The mission will last 13 days and include three spacewalks.
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