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Discovery sails into space for last time

Posted: February 24, 2011

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Space shuttle Discovery blasts off at 4:53 p.m. EST (2153 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launching for the 39th and final time, Discovery is headed for the International Space Station with an Italian-built stowage module, supplies and spare parts.

These photos were taken at the press site about 3 miles from the launch pad.

Spaceflight Now photos by Stephen Clark

Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now