Space Shuttle :: Astronauts arrive in Florida for launch

NASA’s next space shuttle Discovery’s seven astronauts, including three men and two women who have never been in orbit before, has arrived at the Kennedy Space Centre, where their spaceship is being prepared for launch. This is a 12-day mission to rewire the international space station.

Liftoff is set for Thursday at 9:35 p.m. EST. This will be NASA’s first in darkness since managers decided after the 2003 Columbia disaster to limit launches to daytime so cameras could clearly see any debris that might peel off the shuttle’s fuel tank.

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