Discovery Launches, With Kibo Aboard

Shuttle also bears a new toilet for space station crew
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 4:31 PM CDT
Discovery Launches, With Kibo Aboard
Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla. Saturday, May 31, 2008.    (AP Photo)

The space shuttle Discovery blasted into a clear blue sky today, carrying Kibo, a huge Japanese laboratory for the International Space Station. The $1 billion lab will be the station’s biggest room. “This is a real milestone,” said one NASA administrator. The Discovery is also bringing a replacement for the station’s broken toilet, rush-ordered from Moscow. (More International Space Station stories.)

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