NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is in final count down to the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery this Thursday. The 11-day mission will deliver Robonaut, a humanoid robot, to the International Space Station, along with a new storage module.
Discovery was originally set to lift off in November, but fuel tank cracks postponed the mission. NASA has installed fixes and will be closely monitoring the tank for new problems in the run-up to lift-off.
This will be the 39th launch for Discovery, which has ventured into space more than any other shuttle. Discovery's retirement marks the beginning of the shuttle programme's final year.
The Daily Galaxy via NASA