Discovery's final journey: NASA's oldest space shuttle blasts into orbit... with just TWO SECONDS to spare in launch window due to computer glitch
(UK Mail Online) - Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, has thundered into orbit for the final time.
After 143 million miles and nearly a year spent in flight, the vessel launched from Kennedy Space Center at approximately 4:50 pm local time (9:50pm GMT) yesterday.
But there were several tense minutes just before lift-off when an Air Force computer problem threatened to halt everything.
The issue was resolved and Discovery blasted off two minutes and 58 seconds late - with just two seconds of its three-minute launch window to spare.