At 4:54 PM local time, the space shuttle Discovery departed for its final flight into the heavens. A computer clitch almost cancelled the flight, but engineers were able to solve the issue in the final minutes leading up to the launch, and less than six minutes later, Discovery ditched its tanks and entered orbit. Rest assured, the movie rights are already being finalized, so watch history made in the video below and check out the live stream from the NASA control center.

[Image: Chris O'Meara/AP]




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