Discovery Launches!

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Discovery Launches!
12.09.06
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BRUCE BUCKINGHAM: And we have a go for auto-sequence start. Discovery's onboard computers have primary control of all the vehicle's critical functions.

T-22 seconds. T-15 seconds and counting.

Ten seconds. We have a go for main engine start. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One. We have booster ignition and liftoff of the Space Shuttle Discovery, lighting up the night sky as we continue building the International Space Station.

HOUSTON: Discovery on course for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. Speed 1,000 miles an hour. Altitude one mile. Downrange 4 1/2 miles from the Kennedy Space Center already.

Booster officer confirms clean separation of the two solid rockets. Discovery's three engines now powering the second stage. External tank separation confirmed.

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