The space shuttle Discovery has launched with the largest module yet, Japan’s Kibo lab. Kibo is the Japanese word for hope. This is a very big step for JAXA, as this is their biggest endeavour into space yet. Before, they’ve only done unmanned missions, but now they have a manned laboratory in space, and it is the largest module of the ISS.
Some hope of another kind is going to the station, hope to be able to use the station’s toilet. After developing a problem, NASA’s space plumbers will be fixing it. I’m sure it will be a big “relief” for the astronauts.
Here’s the launch video from Youtube: