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Shuttle launches at 1:36 a.m. tonight

[UPDATE: The launch has been scrubbed for tonight due to weather. The next launch window opens at 01:05 Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (05:05 GMT).]

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I almost forgot to mention: the Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch TONIGHT at 1:36 a.m. Eastern time (05:36 GMT). That’s around my bedtime so I won’t know if I’ll do any live tweeting of it until later, but if I do, you can follow it here. This launch will be to deploy the supply module Leonardo , the last major facility to go on the space station which will contain supplies for the ISS crew. It’ll also bring new astronaut Nicole Stott to the station, as well as the COLBERT treadmill.