The Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, beginning a two-week trip to delivery the last major scientific laboratory to the International Space Station.
The shuttle will deliver the second part of Japan’s Kibo module to the station. Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide is part of the seven-member crew led by Navy Cmd. Mark E. Kelly.
The shuttle’s external tank did shed some foam insulation, with at least one piece hitting the shuttle. NASA officials say this is not a worrisome issue at this point. Astronauts will fully inspect the shuttle for damage later in the mission.
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