Discovery to launch on last flight

UPDATE: Discovery’s lift-off is now set for 6:04am Sydney time Saturday (Thursday 1904 GMT or 3:04pm US EDT).

As space shuttle Discovery heads to the International Space Station on its final mission, it will be taking with it two key components—the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) and Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4)—which will provide spare parts and storage capacity to the orbiting complex.

Discovery also will deliver Robonaut 2, which will become the first humanoid robot in space.

The 39th flight of NASA’s most flown shuttle is scheduled to last 11 days. The flight is designated Utilisation and Logistics Flight 5 (ULF5), in the assembly sequence of the space station.

Adapted from information issued by NASA.

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