Space shuttle Discovery blasts off on mission to ISS (Video)


After its first launch attempt was postponed due to a hydrogen leak, the space shuttle Discovery and a seven-member crew lift off at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday.

The launch, amid delays, turned out to be flawless and the prettiest NASA managers had ever seen.

The journey was expected to take two days to reach the International Space Station, where the seven-member crew was to deliver and install the fourth and final pair of solar wings on the orbiting ISS.

The shuttle crew also will be dropping off Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who will replace NASA’s Sandy Magnus on the station.

VIDEO: Space shuttle Discovery blasts off