In pictures: Launch day for space shuttle Discovery
Farewell message

Many of the astronauts held up messages to their loved ones as they entered the shuttle.

Charles Camarda reminded his son to be good for his mother, while Soichi Noguchi, the Japanese member of the crew, seen here, took a more humorous approach to the final farewell.

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