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NASA this morning scrubbed the planned launch of space shuttle Discovery due to bad weather at Kennedy Space Center.

Discovery's mission STS-128 to the International Space Station will deliver a Leonardo supply module packed with supplies, including science and storage racks, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill* - apparently named after comedian Stephen Colbert.

The 13-day mission includes three spacewalks to "replace experiments outside the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory, and install a new ammonia storage tank and return the used one".

On board will be (from left in pic) mission specialists Danny Olivas, Nicole Stott, Christer Fuglesang, Jose Hernandez and Patrick Forrester, pilot Kevin Ford and commander Rick Sturckow.

The Discovery Crew. Pic: NASA

Stott will remain on the ISS, relieving Tim Kopra, who arrived aboard Endeavour on mission STS-127 back in July.

Discovery is now slated to lift-off at 05:10 GMT tomorrow. NASA has a mission summary here (pdf), press pack here (pdf) and the main mission page here. ®

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*Also known to its chums as the "Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill".

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