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The external tank and a large piece of ice fall away from Discovery in orbit
Retreating Tank and Ice
This video, captured by STS-121 Mission Specialist Mike Fossum, reveals the shuttle's external tank and a piece of ice falling back toward Earth's atmosphere after tank separation.
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View of the external tank separating from Discovery
View from the External Tank
The onboard camera provides an excellent view of the Space Shuttle Discovery's external tank during launch on mission STS-121. (No audio)
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View of Space Shuttle Discovery from a camera on the WB-57 chase plane
View from the Air
This video was captured from a WB-57 chase plane during the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on July 4, 2006. (No audio)
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View of Space Shuttle Discovery from a camera on the external tank
Solid Rocket Booster Separation
The solid rocket boosters successfully separate from the Space Shuttle Discovery as it continues toward space on mission STS-121.
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Space Shuttle Discovery clears the tower at Launch Pad 39B
The Rockets' Red Glare
Space Shuttle Discovery becomes the first shuttle to launch on the July 4 holiday, providing a view more spectacular that any fireworks display.
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Launch Director Mike Leinbach behind his console in Firing Room 4
Fond Farewell
STS-121 Commander Steve Lindsey extends his thanks to the space shuttle team and promises the Florida coast a look at "the rockets' red glare."
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STS-121 Commander Steve Lindsey is assisted by closeout crew members at Launch Pad 39B
Astronauts Strap In
In the White Room at Launch Pad 39B, the astronauts take their positions inside the orbiter, and the hatch is closed and sealed.
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The STS-121 crew members exit the Operations and Checkout Building
On the Move
The seven STS-121 crew members leave the Operations and Checkout Building and board a special van for the ride to Launch Pad 39B.
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Space Shuttle Discovery on Launch Pad 39B
Countdown Coverage Gets Underway
Launch Commentator Bruce Buckingham opens televised coverage of the third attempt to launch Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-121 mission.
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