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A camera captures a closeup of Space Shuttle Discovery moments after liftoff on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114.

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A tracking camera on Launch Pad 39B captures a closeup of Space Shuttle Discovery moments after liftoff on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. The liftoff occurred at 10:39 a.m. EDT. On this mission to the International Space Station the crew will perform inspections on-orbit for the first time of all of the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) panels on the leading edge of the wings and the Thermal Protection System tiles using the new Canadian-built Orbiter Boom Sensor System and the data from 176 impact and temperature sensors. Mission Specialists will also practice repair techniques on RCC and tile samples during a spacewalk in the payload bay. During two additional spacewalks, the crew will install the External Stowage Platform-2, equipped with spare part assemblies, and a replacement Control Moment Gyroscope contained in the Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure. The 12-day mission is expected to end with touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility on Aug. 7.

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  • Title: A camera captures a closeup of Space Shuttle Discovery moments after liftoff on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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