Shuttle Lifts Off with Science Lab in Tow
AUDIE CORNISH, host:
From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Audie Cornish.
Space Shuttle Discovery blasted into orbit yesterday with a Japanese science lab the size of a school bus in tow. They're hauling the billion-dollar lab to the International Space Station for a rendezvous tomorrow.
Leroy Kane heads the mission management team.
Mr. LEROY KANE (Head, Mission Management Team): This is hugely important mission for the programs. We're very excited for our Japanese friends and I look forward to get on with the (unintelligible) operations.
CORNISH: Space Station crewmembers are excited about the science lab delivery but they're also anxiously awaiting delivery of a spare part, to fix a malfunctioning toilet.
Unidentified Man: Fascinating.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.