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Space Shuttle Discovery to Embark on Last Mission

Photo Courtesy - NASA [dot] gov(KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.) -- Barring any problems, space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to take off Wednesday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, representing the penultimate flight of NASA’s shuttle program.

Discovery was actually supposed to launch Monday but it took technicians most of the weekend to repair a leaky helium line.

Embarking on its final journey, Discovery, the oldest spacecraft in the fleet, will head to the International Space Station with parts and supplies on the 11-day mission.

The shuttle program will be officially retired following Endeavour’s last flight, scheduled for Feb. 27, 2011.

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