S124-E-005061 (31 May 2008) --- Backdropped against a blanket of clouds, the STS-124 external fuel tank (ET) begins its relative separation from the Space Shuttle Discovery. An STS-124 crewmember recorded the scene with a digital still camera.
JSC2008-E-043232 (31 May 2008) --- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin watches the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-124) from the Launch Control Center on May 31, 2008, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The shuttle lifted off from launch pad 39A at 5:02 p.m. (EDT). Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls