40,000+ gather to watch the launch of NASA’s space shuttle Discovery online

At just after 4:50 PM EST today, space shuttle Discovery launched in Florida. Commander Steve Lindsey and the 5 other members of the STS-133 crew will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module and Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot, to the International Space Station. NASA’s uStream channel is below. At launch time, there were more than 40,000 people tuned in to uStream, along with many more watching NASA TV online.

Video chat rooms at Ustream

The NASA tweetup is certain to provide live, likely very enthusiastic, coverage. If you want slighter slower updates from NASA’s live blogger, follow the STS-133 launch blog. You can see all of NASA’s social media activity at Buzzroom.NASA.gov.

NASA uStream chat:

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Alexander B. Howard is a DC-based a technology writer and editor. Previously, he was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where he covered the voices, technologies and issues that matter in the intersection of government, technology and society. If you're feeling social, you can follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or circle him on Google Plus In addition to corresponding for the O’Reilly Radar, he has contributed to the Huffington Post, Govfresh, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, National Journal, The Atlantic, CBS News and Forbes. He graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology. Currently, he is a resident of the District of Columbia, where he lives with his greyhound, wife, power tools, plants and growing collection of cast iron pans, many of which are frequently used to pursue his passion for good cooking.

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