April 5, 2010 by Post Team
Discovery launched at 6:21 am EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It has a crew of seven astronauts, NASA said. “It is time for the height of the orbit,” said launch director Pete Nickolenko the astronauts before liftoff. “Good luck and good luck.”
13-day mission includes three spacewalks shuttle provided in place of an ammonia tank assembly and the recovery of a Japanese experiment from outside the station. It is scheduled to arrive at the space station on Wednesday and returned to Earth on April 18 at 8:35 am ET.
There are only three remaining shuttle missions before the shuttle fleet is retired.
NASA said Discovery’s mission will be the first time four women have been in space at a time: Three women – mission specialists Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf Lindenburger and Naoko Yamazaki – be part of the crew of Discovery. Tracy Caldwell Dyson NASA astronaut is already in the space station. The launch comes three days after the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18, carrying Russian cosmonauts Dyson and Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, flew to the International Space Station a central Kazakhstan.
The space station orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 250 kilometers, is scheduled to be finished next year and is about 90 percent complete.
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