|STS-121 Discovery tests tank redesign, continues ISS support
7/4/06 ~ 2:37:55pm
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Space Shuttle Discovery embarked on the second post-Columbia mission July 4th--the first ever US manned launch on
Independence day-- and continued to support the International Space Station and test more techniques astronauts
might use in the event of an emergency. The mission flew with another redesigned orange External Tank, where
workers have removed a section of foam that caused problems on the STS-114 flight last July.
Rollout to launch pad TCDT crew photos Crew arrival RSS rollback
1st launch attempt 2nd launch attempt Crew walkout Landing
<--- STS-114 STS-115 --->
|A thunderstorm and its enormous anvil cloud hover off the coast on the morning of July 4:
|Last photos show the view of Pad 39B in the days before launch from the dry swamps: