June 16, 2011
The Space Shuttle Discovery, framed by Florida foliage, clears the launch structure and heads toward the clear night sky to begin the 96th mission in the STS program. Liftoff occurred at 7:50 p.m. (EST), December 19, 1999 from Launch Pad 39B. Onboard were astronauts Curtis L. BrownJr., Scott J. Kelly, Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale, John M. Grunsfeld, Claude Nicollier and Jean-Francois Clervoy.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Claude Nicollier, John M. Grunsfeld, Jean-François Clervoy, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle program