Discovery Launches, With Kibo Aboard

Shuttle also bears a new toilet for space station crew
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 4:31 PM CDT
Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla. Saturday, May 31, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The space shuttle Discovery blasted into a clear blue sky today, carrying Kibo, a huge Japanese laboratory for the International Space Station. The $1 billion lab will be the station’s biggest room. “This is a real milestone,” said one NASA administrator. The Discovery is also bringing a replacement for the station’s broken toilet, rush-ordered from Moscow.