It was an early morning launch, but the Space Shuttle Discovery is now in orbit. They are reporting some problems with the shuttle’s main antenna, but it doesn’t appear to be bad enough to scrub Discovery’s planned dock with the ISS.
This mission represents the first time four women have been in space at the same time (three from the Shuttle’s crew and one aboard the ISS).
The mission also marks a milestone for the retiring program. Every mission from here on out will be each shuttle’s last.
Remaining Shuttle Missions
May 14 – Atlantis
July 29 – Endeavor
September 16 – Discovery