NASA's STS-119 mission is ready to go! shuttle discovery sits in wait on the launch pad with the currently full moon shining overhead.
the 10 year old international space station (ISS) will benefit from this mission as the crew will install the final truss segment needed for the solar array! the full set of solar arrays will stretch out to 100 meters (the size of a football field) and will increase the energy available to the space station so that starting this year, six people will be able to live on the ISS instead of just three.
launch is set for tonight, 11 march, 2009 at 9:20 pm EDT.