For the first time in my life, Brian's 2nd, I got to see a shuttle launch. Here are a couple of videos I shot. Sorry, most of them are sideways and shakey, and yes, that's us screaming in the background like 2 little kids. Info about why we launched another rocket below.
STS-124 Space Shuttle Discovery Prepares for Launch
Mission: STS-124 Discovery
Launch Date: May 31, 2008
Launch Time: 5:01 p.m. ET
The crew of STS-124 will deliver the Japanese Pressurized Module, the station's largest science laboratory as well as the lab's robotic arm system that supports operations outside of Kibo. The lab's logistics module, which was installed in a temporary location during STS-123 in March, will be attached to the new lab.
The seven-member crew of STS-124 Space Shuttle Discovery includes Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham, Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Greg Chamitoff. Chamitoff will replace Expedition 16/17 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman and remain aboard the station as a member of the Expedition 17 crew. Reisman will return to Earth with the STS-124 crew.