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Discovery's Launch: A Spectacular Success!

07.26.05

First Lady Laura Bush congratulates the NASA team on the successful launch. + Large Image (3008 x 1782, 300 ppi)
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First Lady Laura Bush congratulates the NASA team on the successful launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Launch Control Center (LCC) Firing Room. Discovery launched at 10:39am, July 26, 2005. (Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Launch of Discovery + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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The silvery surface of this pond near NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B reflects the glowing clouds of smoke and steam from the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Return to Flight mission STS-114. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery moments after liftoff + Large Image (3000 x 2104, 300 ppi)
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A tracking camera on Launch Pad 39B captures a close-up of Space Shuttle Discovery moments after liftoff on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery moments after liftoff + Large Image (3000 x 2400, 300 ppi)
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A fish-eye view shows Space Shuttle Discovery moments after liftoff from Launch Pad 39B on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. At left is the Fixed Service Structure with the White Room appearing to be suspended in mid-air. The White Room provides the astronauts access into the orbiter. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)


First Lady Laura Bush applauds the liftoff of  Discovery + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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In the stands at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Banana Creek viewing site, First Lady Laura Bush (center) applauds the successful liftoff of Space Shuttle Discovery on Return to Flight mission STS-114. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery's Launch from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Framed by Florida greenery, Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off Launch Pad 39B at 10:39 a.m. EDT on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Discovery's Launch from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Huge mounds of smoke and steam flow upward as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off at 10:39 a.m. EDT on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

The exciting launch of STS-114 Discovery + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Looking like a candle on the horizon, Space Shuttle Discovery roars into the path of a stray cloud after liftoff at 10:39 a.m. EDT from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39B on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. It is the 114th Space Shuttle flight and the 31st for Discovery. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

The exciting launch of STS-114 Discovery + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Into a clear blue sky Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off at 10:39 a.m. EDT from Launch Pad 39B on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. It is the 114th Space Shuttle flight and the 31st for Discovery. The 12-day mission is expected to end with touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Aug. 7. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

The STS-114 crews heads for the Astrovan + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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The Discovery crew heads for the bus that will transport them to Launch Pad 39B. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

The STS-114 crew exits the Operations and Checkout Building + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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The Return to Flight STS-114 crew exits the Operations and Checkout Building suiting up in their pumpkin-colored flight suits. Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Mission Commander Eileen Collins dons her flight suit + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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In the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA Kennedy Space Center, STS-114 Mission Commander Eileen Collins dons the helmet of her launch and entry suit before heading to the launch pad. Collins is making her fourth space flight on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114 to the International Space Station. (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Launch day breakfast at the O&C + Large Image (3008 x 1850, 300 ppi)
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Wearing the traditional Hawaiian shirts, the STS-114 crew gathers after breakfast for the traditional cake before suiting up for launch. Seated left to right are Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence, Pilot James Kelly, Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi, Mission Commander Eileen Collins and Mission Specialists Andrew Thomas, Stephen Robinson and Charles Camarda. Noguchi represents the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). (Image Credit NASA/KSC)

Panorama of Kennedy Space Center launch day activities

A nighttime panorama of early morning launch day activities at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. (Image Credit: Chris Chamberland/KSC ) + Click for larger image


RSS rolls back from Discovery + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
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Flags are flying on Launch Pad 39B at NASA Kennedy Space Center as Space Shuttle Discovery is ready on the pad for launch after rollback of the Rotating Service Structure on Monday. Visible above the External Tank is the gaseous oxygen vent arm (beanie cap). Rollback of the RSS is a major preflight milestone, typically occurring during the T-11-hour hold on L-1 (the day before launch). (Image Credit: NASA/KSC)


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