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Museum of Flight Congratulates NASA on Successful Launch

Audience of space fans applaud Discovery

SEATTLE – A crowd of space fans from across the nation and around the world converged on the William M. Allen Theater at The Museum of Flight today for the 1:50 p.m. live broadcast of the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

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The launch was preceded by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, a retired astronaut and veteran of five space shuttle flights. 
Among those in attendance were astronomy students and faculty from BallardHigh School, who have conceived an experiment with E.Coli cells that will be carried aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour mission STS-134 scheduled for April. West Seattle-native Gregory H. Johnson will be the pilot on STS-134.
“It’s always exciting to watch the space shuttle launches live and we were delighted to be able to share the broadcast with so many space enthusiasts in the Northwest,” said Museum of Flight President and CEO Douglas King. “Our congratulations go out to NASA for a successful launch. We’ll be watching the progress of Discovery over the next 11 days and wishing the crew the best for a tremendous mission.”

The Museum of Flight is one of more than 20 museums across the United States that are hoping to be the home of one of the retiring space shuttles when the program ends later this year. The museum broke ground on a new space gallery in June of 2009 which will be completed in July 2011 in order to meet NASA requirements for hosting a retired orbiter.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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