STS-116 Space Shuttle Discovery launch

STS-116 Space Shuttle Discovery launch

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Caption: Space Shuttle Discovery , launching on mission STS-116 from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA at 0147 GMT, 10th December. The launch was successful despite a postponement due to bad weather two days before. The shuttle travelled through the Earth's atmosphere at 10,500 kilometres per hour. The mission, due to last 12 days, will continue the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS).

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