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STS-31 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, lifts off from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex (LC) Pad 39B at 8:33:51.0492 am (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)). Exhaust plumes billow from OV-103's two solid rocket boosters (SRBs) and cover the launch pad area.
OV-103 atop the external tank (ET) is not yet clear of the fixed service structure (FSS) tower. The retracted rotating service structure (RSS) appears at the left. In the foreground, the SRB and space shuttle main engine (SSME) firings are reflected in a nearby waterway. The diamond shock effect is visible at the SSME nozzles.
Date Taken: April 29, 1990
Credits: JSC NASA