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Watch space shuttle launch at natural sciences museum Thursday

Posted February 24, 2011 1:05 p.m. EST

I know it's a little late to the game here, but just wanted to share that the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh will be showing the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery today.

Starting at 4 p.m., NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Tony Rice will talk about what it takes to launch a space shuttle as the audience counts down a live view of the mission STS-133 launch, which is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. The presentation will include video of other launches along with a question and answer period about the space shuttle program. This will occur even if NASA changes the launch time (though it's looking like it's a "go" as they say).

And from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., representatives of N.C. State's High Powered Rocketry Club will make their own luanch with a drinking-straw rocket. There also will be a fragment of the moon collected during the Apollo 17 lunar mission.

Check the museum's website for details.