Space Shuttle Mission Highlights

Discovery Rests on Launch Pad
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Space shuttle Discovery rests on the launchpad on July 4. Weather problems forced two delays of the mission, and cracks in the foam insulation threatened a third. But the spacecraft was finally able to lift off in a historic U.S. Independence Day launch. The astronauts are expected to return to Earth on Monday, July 17, after 13 days in space.
—Photograph by Susan Poulton
 
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