Thursday, March 4, 2010

NASA’s Discovery getting prepared for the final trip to space


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
which has flown 130 shuttle missions while the first flight in 1981, plans to retire its three aging space shuttles.

Discovery will make its penultimate trip to space on April 5 at 6:21 a.m. EDT (1021 GMT) to deliver original supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Later this year in September, it will direct the last mission to space.

Recently, space shuttle Endeavour returned from the space station on February 21 after delivering a new room and stunning viewport that permits astronauts on the station to see Earth from space like never before.

Space shuttle Discovery arrives at pad 39A for launch preparations behind a six hour journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday.

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