Shuttle Discovery launched today

Shuttle Discovery was successfully launched today to embark on mission STS-119 to deliver a solar array to the ISS.

You can track the shuttle’s position from here and watch repeats of the launch (as well as other aspects of the mission) on NASA TV.

I can’t help but marvel at the fact that we consider it completely routine that we’ve launched several humans towards a space station in a metal cylinder moving at 17 500 MPH.

There will only be 8 more shuttle launches before NASA retires the shuttles and begins it’s Constellation Program. Humans returning to the moon. Wicked.

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