Thousands of people are expected to turn out on Nov. 1 to watch the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery. Discovery's 35th journey to the International Space Station will be conducted by Commander Steve Lindsey and his five-member crew: Pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Michael Barratt, Tim Kopra, Alvin Drew and Nicole Stott. The 11-day mission will deliver a pressurized logistics module called Leonardo, a humanoid robot named Robonaut 2 and key spare parts to the space station. Two space walks are also planned, AFP reported.
Lift-off is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. EDT. Tickets for viewing the launch on the NASA Causeway, about 6 miles from the shuttle's Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., sold out weeks ago, Space.com reported. But fans of the space program are also expected to gather in Space View Park and Parrish Park in Titusville, Fla., and at Port Canaveral.