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Space Shuttle Launch

November 1, 2010 by Post Team 

Space Shuttle Launch, U.S. space agency NASA has begun the countdown for the launch of space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday, after two postponements to cope with losses of nitrogen and helium.

The launch is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center in the southeastern U.S. the state of Florida.

The shuttle mission will take 11 days to six U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. Also be given a final module of the U.S. portion orbital laboratory and a human-like robot, known as Robonaut 2, which will be a permanent residence in the space station.

This is the last flight of Discovery, who retired along with shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour after a recent mission by Endeavour in February. The largest of the three orbiters, Discovery has completed 38 missions in 26 years.

After NASA retires its shuttle fleet, the space station partners and private use Russian rockets to send astronauts and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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