Space shuttle Discovery

The space shuttle Discovery lifts off from launch pad 39A at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000170" title="Kennedy Space Center" href="/topic/science-technology/space-programs/kennedy-space-center-PLCUL000170.topic">Kennedy Space Center</a> May 31, 2008 in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLREC000051" title="Cape Canaveral" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/cape-canaveral-PLREC000051.topic">Cape Canaveral</a>, Fla. The space shuttle is carrying the main unit of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO000001" title="Japan" href="/topic/international/japan-PLGEO000001.topic">Japan's</a> Kibo science lab to the International Space Station.

( Getty Images photo by Joe Raedle / May 31, 2008 )

The space shuttle Discovery lifts off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center May 31, 2008 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The space shuttle is carrying the main unit of Japan's Kibo science lab to the International Space Station.

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