Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off Successfully
After over two years and countless billions spent since the Columbia disaster, NASA has launched another mission of the space shuttle program.
Discovery roared into the blue skies over Florida this morning, marking the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The shuttle blasted off as scheduled at 10:39 a.m. ET, following days of troubleshooting to fix a faulty fuel sensor in its external tank. Discovery is scheduled for a 12 day mission to test new shuttle safety features and to deliver supplies to the international space station.
One hopes the mission goes off without a hitch and the crew makes it back safely. One hopes, too, that we find a less wasteful, anachronistic means of conducting minor experiments and launching payloads into space.