From the terrace of the VIP viewing area at the Operations Support Building II at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery is seen lifting off from Launch Pad 39A on its final mission to the International Space Station.
Discovery lifted off at 4:53 p.m. EST on Feb. 24. The six-member STS-133 crew will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module, supplies and critical spare parts, as well as Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid astronaut helper, to the station. This is the 133rd Space Shuttle Program mission and the 35th shuttle voyage to the space station. For more information on the STS-133 mission, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts133/. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann