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    June 14: Space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    June 14: A fire truck stands by near the runway as space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    June 14: Space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    June 14: Mission specialist astronaut Garrett Reisman is greeted by NASA officials upon his return from the international space station aboard the space shuttle Discovery after it landed at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    June 14: Space shuttle Discovery crew, from left, pilot Ken Ham, mission specialist Karen Nyberg, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, commander Mark Kelly, mission specialist Mike Fossum and mission specialist Ron Garan pose for a photo after landing at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    June 13: The crew of space shuttle Discovery waves at the end of a news conference on the shuttle flight deck. From row from left: Mike Fossum, Mark Kelly and Garrett Reisman. Back row from left: Ken Ham, Akihiko Hoshide, Karen Nyberg and Ron Garan.

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    June 13: Two highlighted images of the 'bump' spotted on space shuttle Discovery's tail rudder.

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    This undated image provided by NASA shows the severe launch damage on a 100 x 20 section of the east wall of the north flame trench (seen here). The Apollo-era launch pad used to shoot space shuttle Discovery into orbit two weeks ago may have been flawed from the day it was built, and will need weeks, if not months, of work to fix all the liftoff damage, NASA said June 12. About 5,300 bricks flew off the pad during Discovery's launch on May 31.

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    June 11: Space shuttle Discovery back dropped against the blackness of space soon after the shuttle and the International Space Station began their post-undocking relative separation. One of the Expedition 17 crewmembers recorded the photo with a digital still camera.

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    June 11: A view of space shuttle Discovery's crew cabin and the forward section of the payload bay soon after the shuttle and the International Space Station began their post-undocking relative separation. One of the Expedition 17 crewmembers recorded the photo with a digital still camera.

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    June 11: A view of space shuttle Discovery soon after the shuttle and the International Space Station began their post-undocking relative separation. One of the Expedition 17 crewmembers recorded the photo with a digital still camera.

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    June 11: Space shuttle Discovery is seen from the International Space Station against the azure sky of Earth after undocking from the space station.

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    June 11: In this image from NASA TV, the International Space Station is seen from the shuttle Discovery after the two undocked.

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    June 11: The International Space Station is seen from the shuttle Discovery after the two undocked.

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    The Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module and Kibo Japanese logistics module of the International Space Station in this image photographed by a STS-124 crewmember while space shuttle Discovery was docked with the station. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.

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    June 8: NASA astronaut Ron Garan participates in the mission's third scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 33-minute spacewalk, Garan and astronaut Mike Fossum (out of frame), exchanged a depleted nitrogen tank assembly for a new one, removed thermal covers and launch locks from the Kibo laboratory, reinstalled a repaired television camera onto the space station's left P1 truss, and retrieved samples of a dust-like substance from the left Solar Alpha Rotary Joint for analysis by experts on the ground. The Columbus laboratory is visible in the foreground.

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    June 10: Shuttle commander Mark Kelly shakes hands with space station commander Sergei Volkov before departing the International Space Station.

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    June 10: The crews of the shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station hold a joint news conference on the space station. Front, from left: Garrett Reisman, Mark Kelly, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko. Middle row: Ron Garan, Greg Chamitoff and Akihiko Hoshide. Back row: Karen Nyberg, Ken Ham and Mike Fossum.

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    June 10: In this image from NASA TV Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, astronaut Akihkko Hoshide works in the Kibo lab on the International Space Station.

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    June 10: In this image from NASA TV, astronaut Karen Nyberg's hair is in disarray as she works in Japan's Kibo lab on the International Space Station.

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    June 8: This photo released by NASA shows the crew from the shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station as they share a meal on Discovery's middeck while docked with the ISS. Pictured counter-clockwise, from the left bottom, are NASA astronauts Mark Kelly, STS-124 commander; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Expedition 17 commander; NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, STS-124 mission specialist; Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and NASA astronaut Greg Chamitoff, both Expedition 17 flight engineers; NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, all STS-124 mission specialists; and NASA astronaut Ken Ham, STS-124 pilot.

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    June 8: Astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. participates in the mission's third and final spacewalk on the International Space Station. Shuttle Discovery's astronauts replaced an empty gas tank at the ISS and collected a sample of dusty debris.

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    June 8: Astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. takes part in the mission's third and final spacewalk on the International Space Station.

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    June 9: In this image from NASA TV, the crew of the shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station hold a joint news conference. Front from left, Karen Nyberg, Garrett Reisman, Mark Kelly, Sergei Volkov and Mike Fossum. Middle row from left, Oleg Kononenko, Ron Garan and Greg Chamitoff. Back row from left, Ken Ham and Akihiko Hoshide.

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    June 9: In this image from NASA TV, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, left, and mission specialist Karen Nyberg are seen on the International Space Station.

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    June 9: In this image from NASA TV, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide is seen on the International Space Station.

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    June 7: This image provided by NASA shows the interior of the Japanese Experiment Module, or JEM, also called Kibo, in its new home on the International Space Station.

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    June 6: This image provided by NASA shows nine of ten astronauts and cosmonauts currently sharing work on the International Space Station squeeze into an informal group portrait during mealtime on the Zvezda service module. Astronaut Mike Fossum, STS-124 mission specialist, is in center foregound. Pictured clockwise from his position are astronauts Mark Kelly, shuttle commander; Akihiko Hoshide, mission specialist; Karen Nyberg, mission specialist; Ken Ham, pilot; and Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17 flight engineer; along with cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko, station flight engineer; and Sergei Volkov, station commander; and astronaut Garrett Reisman, STS-124 mission specialist. Not pictured is astronaut Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist.

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    June 6: This image provided by NASA is one of a series of digital still images documenting the Japanese Experiment Module, or JEM, also called Kibo, in its new home on the International Space Station, this view features Kibo's exterior, Earth's horizon and a couple of 'visiting' spacecraft. The Space Shuttle Discovery and a Russian Progress resupply craft are seen near foreground.

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    June 6: This image provided by NASA is one of a series of digital still images documenting the Japanese Experiment Module, or JEM, also called Kibo, in its new home on the International Space Station, this view depicts Kibo's exterior, backdropped by solar array panels for the orbital outpost and one of its trusses.

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    June 6: This image provided by NASA is one of a series of digital still images documenting the Japanese Experiment Module, or JEM, also called Kibo, in its new home on the International Space Station. This view depicts Kibo's exterior, backdropped by solar array panels for the orbital outpost.

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    June 6: This image provided by NASA shows eight of 10 astronauts and cosmonauts currently aboard the International Space Station sharing a mealtime in the Zvezda service module. Holding beverage or food packets and partially out of frame on each side of the scene are astronauts Garrett Reisman, left, and Ken Ham, right, mission specialist and pilot, respectively, for the STS-124 mission. Others, from the left are cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko, Expedition 17 flight engineer and Sergei Volkov, Expedition 17 commander, along with astronauts Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist, Mike Fossum, mission specialist, Mark Kelly, commander, Karen Nyberg, mission specialist and Ken Ham, pilot.

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    June 6: Cosmonauts Sergei Volkov, right, Expedition 17 commander, and Oleg Kononenko, flight engineer, are pictured in the Zvezda service module while hosting the STS-124 Discovery crew for a meal time which afforded some rare leisure time for both crews.

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    June 6: This image provided by NASA shows astronauts Karen Nyberg and Mike Fossum, both STS-124 mission specialists, sharing one of the few moments of leisure afforded to the Discovery and space station crewmembers aboard the International Space Station. In the background, from the left, are JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, along with astronaut Garrett Reisman, partially obscured, both mission specialists, and cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, partially out of frame, Expedition 17 commander.

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    June 7: Astronaut Karen Nyberg, STS-124 mission specialist, floats on the middeck of the Space Shuttle Discovery while docked with the International Space Station on day eight of the mission.

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    June 8: An astronaut takes final spacewalk during the STS-124 mission.

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    June 8: An astronaut takes final spacewalk during the STS-124 mission.

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    June 4: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, STS-124 mission specialist works in the newly installed Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the International Space Station while space shuttle Discovery is docked with the station on day five of the mission.

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    June 4: Astronaut Mike Fossum, STS-124 mission specialist, uses a computer on the middeck of space shuttle Discovery while docked with the International Space Station on day five of the mission.

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    June 4: Astronauts Mark Kelly, right, and Ken Ham, STS-124 commander and pilot, respectively, work in the newly installed Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the International Space Station while space shuttle Discovery is docked with the station, on day five of the mission.

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    June 4: Astronaut Mark Kelly, STS-124 commander, floats in the newly installed Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the International Space Station while space shuttle Discovery is docked with the station. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, mission specialist, is at right.

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    June 4: Astronaut Mark Kelly, STS-124 commander, floats in the hatch between the Harmony node and the newly installed Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery is docked with the station, on day five of the mission.

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    June 4: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, STS-124 mission specialist, works in the newly installed Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery is docked with the station, on day five of the mission.

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    June 3: The Kibo Module is moved with the Canadarm 2 from its stowage position in space shuttle Discovery's payload bay to the port side of the Harmony node of the International Space Station.

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    June 3: Astronaut Ron Garan participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Garan and astronaut Mike Fossum (out of frame), mission specialist, loosened restraints holding the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in its temporary stowage location on the space station's starboard truss, prepared the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module for its installation to the space station, demonstrated cleaning techniques for the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint's race ring, and installed a replacement Trundle Bearing Assembly.

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    June 5: In this image from NASA TV, astronaut Mike Fossum is shown at the beginning of a space walk where preparation for the installation of the Japanese Kibo module has begun at the International Space Station.

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    June 5: Mike Fossum, left, and Ron Garan Jr. work to install television cameras during a spacewalk at the International Space Station.

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    June 5: Ron Garan Jr. works to attach a television camera outside the Japanese Kibo module during a spacewalk at the International Space Station.

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    Garan works to install the second of two television cameras onto the Japanese Kibo module during a spacewalk at the International Space Station.

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    June 5: Astronauts Mike Fossum, bottom, and Ronald Garan Jr. prepare the Japanese Kibo module for berthing to the International Space Station.

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    June 4: In this image from NASA TV, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, right, and astronaut Karen Nyberg are seen on the international space station.

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    June 4: In this image from NASA TV, the Japanese Kibo module is seen suspended on the shuttle Discovery's robotic arm. The 37-foot lab is scheduled to be installed on the international space station during a space walk on Thursday.

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    June 4: In this image from NASA TV the Japanese Kibo module is seen suspended on the shuttle Discovery's robotic. The 37-foot lab was scheduled to be installed on the international space station during a space walk on Thursday.

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    June 3: In this image from NASA TV, Japan's Kibo lab, center right, is removed from the payload bay of the shuttle Discovery for installation on the international space station. Kibo, at 37 feet long, is bigger than the U.S. and European labs already attached to the space station.

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    June 3: In this image from NASA TV, Japan's Kibo lab is removed from the payload bay of the shuttle Discovery for installation on the international space station. Kibo, at 37 feet long, is bigger than the U.S. and European labs already attached to the space station.

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    June 3: In this image from NASA TV, astronaut Ron Garan is seen during a space walk in the payload bay of the shuttle Discovery while he is prepping the Kibo lab for installation.

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    June 3: In this image from NASA TV, astronaut Michael Fossum is seen during a space walk on the international space station.

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    June 3: In this photo provided by NASA, an overhead view of the exterior of space shuttle Discovery's crew cabin, part of its payload bay doors and docking system are seen from the perspective of the international space station.

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    June 3: This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist, as he participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the international space station. During the six-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Garan and astronaut Mike Fossum, mission specialist, not shown, loosened restraints holding the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in its temporary stowage location on the space station's starboard truss; prepared the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module for its installation to the space station; demonstrated cleaning techniques for the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint's race ring; and installed a replacement SARJ Trundle Bearing Assembly.

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    June 3: This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist, as he participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity, as construction and maintenance continue on the international space station.

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    June 3: This photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist, as he participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the international space station.

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    June 3: This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Mike Fossum, STS-124 mission specialist, as he participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the international space station. Visible in the reflections of his helmet visor are various components of the station, Earth's horizon and astronaut Ron Garan, mission specialist.

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    June 3: This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Mike Fossum, STS-124 mission specialist, as he uses a digital camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the international space station.

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    June 3: This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist, as he participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity as construction and maintenance continue on the international space station.

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    June 3: This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Ron Garan, attired in his Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit in the Quest Airlock of the international space station prior to the start of the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity while space shuttle Discovery is docked with the station.

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    June 2: In this image provided by NASA, the space shuttle Discovery approaches the international space station, as seen through a window on the space station, during rendezvous and docking operations. The second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory, the Japanese Pressurized Module, is visible in Discovery's cargo bay. Also visible is a docked Russian spacecraft.

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    June 2: In this image provided by NASA, the space shuttle Discovery approaches the international space station, as seen through a window on the space station, during rendezvous and docking operations.

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    June 2: In this photo provided by NASA, an overhead view of the second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory, the Japanese Pressurized Module, in space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay.

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    June 2: In this photo provided by NASA, a close-up view of space shuttle Discovery's tail section is shown from the perspective of the international space station. The image provides partial views of the shuttle's main engines, orbital maneuvering system pods, vertical stabilizer, the payload bay door panels and the second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory, the Japanese Pressurized Module, in the cargo bay.

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    June 2: This image provided by NASA shows the international space station centered in this image photographed by an STS-124 crewmember as space shuttle Discovery approaches the station during rendezvous and docking activities on flight day three.

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    June 2: A view from space shuttle Discovery shows the international space station as the shuttle approaches for docking.

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    June 2: Space shuttle Discovery is seen from the international space station before its scheduled docking.

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    June 2: Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide is seen on the shuttle Discovery after the craft docked with the international space station.

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    June 2: The shuttle Discovery is shown docked with the international space station.

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    June 1: In this photo provided by NASA, space shuttle Discovery's Remote Manipulator System, docking mechanism, vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods are featured in this image photographed by a Discovery crewmember. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.

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    May 31: The space shuttle Discovery's solid rocket boosters light up ponds near the launch pad during liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 31: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from pad 39a at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 31: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 31: A military helicopter surveys the area around the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of the space shuttle Discovery's launch.

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    May 31: A vehicle carrying the seven-member crew is seen headed to pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

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    May 31: STS-124 crew members, front row from right: commander Mark Kelly, pilot Ken Ham; second row from right: mission specialists Karen Nyberg and Ron Garan; third row from right: mission specialist Mike Fossum and Akihiko Hoshide, of Japan; and, last row: mission specialist Greg Chamitoff leave the Operations and Checkout building for launch pad 39-A and a planned liftoff on the space shuttle Discovery at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 31: Space shuttle Discovery mission specialist Mike Fossum gives the thumbs-up signal as he leaves the Operations and Checkout building with the Discovery crew on the way to board the shuttle.

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    May 31: STS-124 mission specialists Akihiko Hoshide, of Japan, right, and Greg Chamitoff wave as they leave the Operations and Checkout building.

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    May 31: Commander Mark Kelly leaves the Operations and Checkout building on his way to board the shuttle.

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    May 31: Space shuttle Discovery crew, from left: mission specialist Greg Chamitoff; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide; mission specialists Mike Fossum, Ron Garan and Karen Nyberg; pilot Ken Ham; and commander Mark Kelly leave the Operations and Checkout building on their way to board the shuttle.

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    May 30: The space shuttle Discovery sits on the pad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 30: The sun rises over the space shuttle Discovery at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., ahead of a 13-day mission to the international space station.

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    May 30: Ken Cox and his K-9 partner, Joep, sniff media vans prior to access to pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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    May 29: Space shuttle Discovery sits ready on launch pad 39a for the STS-124 mission to the international space station at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    This January 2003 image provided by NASA shows a view of the toilet compartment in the Zvezda Service Module of the international space station.

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    May 29: Kirk Shireman, deputy director of the space station, left, watches a video of spare parts being unloaded for the station's commode during a news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Also pictured, from left to right, are Yoshiyuki Hasegawa, program director of the Japanese Experiment Module; Mike Leinbach, launch director of the Kennedy Space Center; and weather officer Kathy Winters.

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    May 29: Yoshiyuki Hasegawa, program director of the Japanese Experiment Module, leaves a news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., ahead of a 13-day mission that was to include the installation of the Japanese Kibo laboratory on the space station.

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    May 28: Space shuttle Discovery commander Mark Kelly walks toward a training aircraft at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 28: Space shuttle Discovery pilot Ken Ham heads to a training aircraft at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 28: Mission specialist Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan waves to the media after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 28: Space shuttle Discovery mission specialists Akihiko Hoshide of Japan, left, Karen Nyberg, center, and Ron Garan are all smiles after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    May 28: The crew of space shuttle Discovery, or mission STS-124, arrives at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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