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By Rudy Treml
posted Jun 1, 2008 - 6:58:54pm
DeLandite Rudy Treml sent these photos of space shuttle Discovery blasting into space Saturday, May 31, in the early evening.
Treml said he shot the photos from near the golf course at Victoria Park, on the east side of DeLand.
According to NASA, Discovery's launch was on time from Kennedy Space Center Saturday.
"The flawless countdown and liftoff begins a 14-day mission to add Japan's Pressurized Module for its Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station," according to a news item on the NASA Web site. "Longer than 36 feet, the cylindrical-shaped section will be the largest habitable module on the station. Discovery is slated to return to Kennedy on June 14."
Other information about this mission, which NASA calls STS-124:
• It is the second of three flights that will launch components to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory.
• The shuttle crew will install Kibo’s large Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) and its remote manipulator system (RMS). The RMS consists of two robotic arms that support operations outside of Kibo. The lab's logistics module, or JLM, which was installed in a temporary location during STS-123 in March, will be attached
to the new lab.
• Discovery's 14-day flight carries the largest payload to the station, and will include three spacewalks.
• STS-124 will also deliver a new crew member to the space station, and bring back another one who is completing a three-month mission.
If you have photos of Saturday's launch to share, send them via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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