Shuttle set to lift off with Maryland native

Mission specialist to help install panels at space station

March 07, 2009|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,

NASA's space shuttle Discovery has been cleared for blastoff next week on a two-week mission during which a former Maryland science teacher will help to install the International Space Station's fourth and final pair of solar energy panels.

Discovery is scheduled for a nighttime liftoff at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, carrying a crew of seven.

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