Up, Up, And Away: Discovery’s Final Launch

The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on February 24, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. As the Shuttle Program winds down, Space Shuttle Discovery is on its 39th and final mission to the International Space Station. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
Two solid rocket boosters (top) separate from the space shuttle Discovery (bottom dot) as it heads to orbit after lift off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on February 24, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. As the Shuttle Program winds down, Space Shuttle Discovery is on its 39th and final mission to the International Space Station. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on February 24, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. As the Shuttle Program winds down, Space Shuttle Discovery is on its 39th and final mission to the International Space Station. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on February 24, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. As the Shuttle Program winds down, Space Shuttle Discovery is on its 39th and final mission to the International Space Station. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
A contrail left by space shuttle Discovery after it lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery
The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
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