Shooting like a roman candle into Florida's blue sky from Launch Pad 39B, Space Shuttle Discovery kicked off the Fourth of July fireworks with its own fiery display, reflected as well in the nearby wa...› View Image
Images captured during Space Shuttle Discovery's July 4 climb to orbit.
NASA examines small insulation loss.
Discovery lifts off on the Fourth of July!
In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center, employees wave American flags after the successful launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121. Liftoff occurred at 2:38 p.m. EDT. During the 12...› View Image
Like a roman candle shooting through the blue sky, the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121 kicks off the fireworks for the U.S. holiday.
Commanded by Steven Lindsey, Dis...
Space Shuttle Discovery is bathed in evening light after removal of the rotating service structure at Launch Pad 39B.› View Image Feature
STS-121 mission crew land at Kennedy Space Center to prepare for launch day.› View Arrival Gallery
Crew rehearses countdown before launch.› View Rehearsal Gallery
The space shuttle rests on launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.› View Rollout Gallery
Discovery joins its boosters and tank in the Vehicle Assembly Building.