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Discovery clears the lightning mast at left and races toward space on mission STS-120 to the International Space Station.

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Erupting from the smoke and steam billowing below, space shuttle Discovery clears the lightning mast at left, atop the fixed service structure, and races toward space on mission STS-120 to the International Space Station. Liftoff of Discovery was on time at 11:38:19 a.m. EDT. The mission is the 23rd assembly flight to the space station and the 34th flight for Discovery. The STS-120 payload is the Italian-built U.S. Node 2, called Harmony. During the 14-day mission, the crew will install Harmony and move the P6 solar arrays to their permanent position and deploy them. Discovery is expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:50 a.m. EST on Nov. 6. Photo credit: NASA/Jerry Cannon, Mike Kerley, Don Kight

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  • Title: Discovery clears the lightning mast at left and races toward space on mission STS-120 to the International Space Station.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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