Space Shuttle Discovery was originally taking STS-133 spaceward on September 16th. One reason I decided to attend this launch was that it coincided, more or less, with my birthday (today.) A Space Shuttle launch for my birthday! Dream come true! And so I saved up for my big trip to Florida.
Although the launch has since moved to November 1st, I still consider it my “birthday trip”, albeit belated, so it seems only appropriate to put dear Discovery on my blog today. This fantastic photo by @flyingjenny was taken September 10th, and shows Discovery being hoisted up to be mated with the external tank and SRBs, in the Vehicle Assembly Building. One step closer to launch!