On the 8 March 2001 the Space Shuttle Discovery launched at the start of the STS-102 mission to take up the MPLM Leonardo to the International Space Station and to swap the Expedition One crew with the Expedition Two crew. The STS-102 crew comprises of: Paul Richards, MIssion Specialist; Andy Thomas, Mission Specialist; Jim Kelly, Pilot; Jim Weatherbee, Commander. The Expedition Two crew comprises of Commander Yury Usachev, Susan Helms and Flight Engineer James Voss.
This NASA-TV downlink are the Flight Day One highlights of the STS-102 mission, a compilation of the best images of crew launch preparations, final countdown and lift-off of Shuttle Discovery.
Shuttle on launch pad, against night sky.
NASA's JFK Space Centre.
STS-102 Crew and Expedition Two Crew at breakfast.
Crew getting seated on board Discovery.
JFK Control Centre.
Countdown and launch of Shuttle Discovery.