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Discovery launch marks beginning of the end

Broadcast: 25/02/2011

Reporter:

Space Shuttle Discovery has launched on its last journey before becoming the first of the three
shuttles to be retired.

Transcript

ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: The world's most-travelled spaceship has blasted off on a journey that marks
the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.

Discovery is on its way to the International Space Station on an 11-day mission that includes two
space walks.

The spaceship was first launched in 1984.

Since then, Discovery has circled the globe more than 5,000 times, logging more than 230 million
kilometres.

When it returns, Discovery will be the first of the three shuttles to be retired.

The shuttle program will wind up in June.

(Footage of Discovery launch)

NASA SHUTTLE CONTROL: Discovery, you are go at throttle up.