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Spectators claim their seats along State Road 528 outside of Cocoa Beach, Fla. in preparation for the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Michel Fortier/Naples Daily News

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Spectators claim their seats along State Road 528 outside of Cocoa Beach, Fla. in preparation for the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Michel Fortier/Naples Daily News

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  • Spectators claim their seats along State Road 528 outside of Cocoa Beach, Fla. in preparation for the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Michel Fortier/Naples Daily News
  • Spectators claim their seats along State Road 528 outside of Coco Beach, Fla. in preparation for the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Michel Fortier/Naples Daily News
  • A K-9 police officer searches media equipment during preparation for the Discovery space shuttle's final voyage from Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • Members of the media gather during preparation for the Discovery space shuttle's final voyage from Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • A NASA vehicle passes members of the media gathered to view the launch of the Discovery space shuttle from Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • The astronaut crew members of the space shuttle Discovery make an appearance at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the shuttle's final voyage on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • The astronaut crew members of the space shuttle Discovery make an appearance at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the shuttle's final voyage on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • The astronaut crew members of the space shuttle Discovery make an appearance at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the shuttle's final voyage on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • A NASA vehicle passes members of the media gathered to view the launch of the Discovery space shuttle from Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • Media tents set up in front of media center
  • Camera angles available to media
  • Media view of Discovery
  • Media center
  • Media center
  • Helicopter flies over media with Discovery in the background
  • Flags outside Media Center
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott made a brief appearance in front of the media Thursday prior to the launch of the space shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center.  The governor made the visit to the area because of the potential loss of jobs.  Scott also commented on the high speed rail and believed it is a bad decision.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The astronaut crew members of the space shuttle Discovery make an appearance at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the shuttle's final voyage on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • Days to launch sign
  • KSC first responders taking a picture in front of the 'days to launch' sign.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott made a brief appearance in front of the media Thursday prior to the launch of the space shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center.  The governor made the visit to the area because of the potential loss of jobs.  Scott also commented on the high speed rail and believed it is a bad decision.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott made a brief appearance in front of the media Thursday prior to the launch of the space shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center.  The governor made the visit to the area because of the potential loss of jobs.  Scott also commented on the high speed rail and believed it is a bad decision.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery sits at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the shuttle's final voyage on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • The space shuttle Discovery sits at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the shuttle's final voyage on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Michel Fortier/ Naples Daily News
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff
  • The space shuttle Discovery launched successfully from Kennedy Space Center Thursday just after 4:50pm EST on its way to meet up with the International Space Station.  Michel Fortier/Staff

Images from the launch of space shuttle Discovery.

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