Discovery waits for her final flight

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Feb 23, 2011
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NASA just posted this lovely picture of the Space Shuttle Discovery sitting on its pad, awaiting the command to light her engines and take her final flight into space.


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The picture was taken a couple of weeks ago; note the thin crescent Moon on the left.

In fact, the sight of the Moon and the Orbiter together makes me a little sad. The Shuttles can't get Americans back there, and barring this and one more flight of Endeavour later this year, it'll be a while before we can put humans into space at all. But I still think that we can once again make our presence known in space. And next time, I hope it's to stay.

Discovery is due to launch tomorrow, Thursday, at 16:50 Eastern time.

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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