The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to blast off for its final journey into Earth's orbit on Thursday. Forecasters are rating the odds of seeing fair weather as good for the launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The last time NASA attempted to launch the shuttle was back in early November. But after a hydrogen gas leak, the launch was halted. And shortly after that cracks in the external fuel tank were discovered which meant extensive repairs were needed.
The 11 day mission will see the shuttle dock with the International Space Station. After Discovery returns to Earth it will be retired and will most likely end up in a museum. Discovery's first flight was in 1984 and since then it has logged over 200 million kilometres in space.
With files from The Associated Press