Nearly 40,000 guests including a Congressional delegation and the Florida Governor Rick Scott witnessed history in the making as space shuttle Discovery headed towards the International Space Station (ISS) on its last mission before retirement.
The last mission
The Discovery is carrying six astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and all of them have prior experience in space travel. The commander of the mission is Steven Lindsay who thanked everyone for getting the shuttle ready.
“Discovery now making one last reach for the stars,” said the Mission Control commentator, as the space shuttle blasted off from its launch tower.
This was the 39th launch of Discovery.