The Space Shuttle Discovery Launches

The space shuttle Discovery launched from the Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 ET (11:21 BST) this morning. The shuttle is headed for the International Space Station and a thirteen day mission to swap over some ammonia tanks, bring back an external experiment and do some general maintenance. STS-131, as the mission is called, also puts the number of women in space at four for the first time ever. Parking of the shuttle at the ISS will commence in two days time. All the major events will be broadcast on NASA TV and then put on NASA’s Youtube channel (with tweets warning of impending events), such as has happened with the launch below:

Chances to see the International Space Station flying overhead can be got from Heavens Above, if the orbit is presently right for your location.

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