†In pictures:†Launch day for space shuttle Discovery
Waving goodbye

Nasa employees bid the Discovery crew a warm farewell as they took a short bus ride to the launch pad.

Among the people watching the orbiterís launch were the families of those who lost their lives on Columbia.

Doug Brown, the brother of Columbia astronaut David Brown, said it would be "a moment of closure".

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