Discovery eclipse

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Dec. 21 2010 1:13 PM

Discovery eclipse

I'm working on a short post about the eclipse last night, and trying to decide what pictures to use, when NASA puts up this fantastic shot of the Orbiter Discovery sitting on the launch pad, with the eclipse in the background:

discovery_eclipse

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Wow. Click to enumbranate, and they have wallpaper at that link as well. I wanted y'all to see this as soon as possible; I'll have more eclipse stuff up soon.

Discovery is rolling back to the Vehicle Assembly Building to undergo further tests and get patched up for launch, which was delayed due to problems with the external tank. NASA just announced the earliest possible launch date for her last flight as February 3, 2011.


Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!