Big Bird Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven astronauts lifted off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B at 8:47 p.m. EST, kicking off the most complicated and challenging mission to the International Space Station to date.

Anchorage hometown boy, Pilot William Oefelein (check out his blog) is the first Alaskan in space.

Best of luck on a safe and successful mission.

You have to enlarge this image. It's awesome!!!! Credit goes to NASA.