Feeds

Shuttle actually lifts off

Hooray!

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

The Shuttle Discovery successfully blasted off from the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Centre, at 10:39am local time, 15:39 BST, today. It is the first Shuttle to do so since the loss of the Columbia in 2003.

NASA TV followed the flight from the ground as the Shuttle rose from the launch pad, and dwindled to a bright spot in the sky. Once the twin solid rockets, were successfully separated, the coverage switched to an on board camera (fixed to the external fuel tank) which followed the spacecraft up into orbit.

Anyone watching could see the Earth's horizon becoming more and more curved, until eventually Discovery separated from the external fuel tanks at nearly 100 miles above the Earth.

Shuttle Discovery will remain in orbit for 12 days, where it will deliver much needed supplies to the International Space Station. It is scheduled to land back at the Kennedy Space Centre on 7 August. ®

Related stories

Shuttle: no launch this week, engineers still baffled
Shuttle grounded
Return to flight: the countdown begins
Shuttle is go for launch
Hurricane Dennis menaces Shuttle
Russia and Europe tout new space plane
Shuttle to fly 13 July

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces
How much of the world's oldest computer can they find?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.