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Discovery Launches for the ISS

by on May.31, 2008, under Near Earth

The space shuttle Discovery launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 5:02 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 31. It will deliver the second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAEA) Kibo laboratory.

It will also deliver a new pump for the International Space Station’s (ISS) toilet. For the last week, the ISS crew has been flushing manually, a two person, 10-minute job.

Discovery Launches


The crew of mission STS-124 consists of Commander Mark Kelly; Pilot Ken Ham; Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum and Greg Chamitoff; JAEA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide; and Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear.

Garan and Fossum will conduct three, 6.5-hour spacewalks during the 14-day mission. They will primarily be setting up Kibo laboratory.

Chamitoff will remain on the ISS for six months, replacing Garrett Reisman, who has lived on the ISS since mid-March.

Lightyear, a 12in tall toy made famous in the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, is visiting the ISS as part of an educational program.

Discovery is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Monday.

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