To infinity and beyond..

STS-124 crew patchThe Phoenix lander on Mars might have found the ice it was looking for [new link here]. Meanwhile problems with the plumbing on the International Space Station have meant a last minute addition to the Space Shuttle Discovery’s payload on mission STS-124 – there’s a stow-away too.. Lift-off expected at 10.02pm tonight [BST], launch blog here, and NASA TV will broadcast the launch live. Adds STS-124, Discovery launch video from ReelNASA And Almost a compare and contrast below the fold.

Footage of the Apollo 11 launch with comments from Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins, and other Apollo astronauts. From the documentary In the Shadow of the Moon.