Saturday, December 09, 2006
The Space Shuttle Discovery STS-116 launched from the Kennedy Space Center leaving a blazing trail in a "staccato roar "over the cape turning night into day briefly. With a picture perfect departure from the Kennedy spaceport, [NASA-TV] the STS-116 mission is the 33rd for Discovery and the 117th space shuttle flight. During the 12-day mission, the crew will continue construction on the Space Station. The shuttle is now on-orbit and will dock with the ISS Monday. This may have been the last launch of the space shuttle from lanuch pad 39-B as it is to be the first site for the launch of the Orion/Ares-1 in the next decade.