Space Shuttle Discovery Launch. This week’s Cellar/Neatorama pick of the week is the spectacular photo is of the night launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on December 9, 2006. This is the first night space shuttle launch the first since the 2002 Endeavour launch (other launches since the 2003 Columbia disaster were done during the day so controllers can see the shuttle’s external fuel tank in case of foam falls off). In this current mission (STS-116), Discovery will dock with the International Space Station to deliver equipments and new station crew member. This mission is the 117th space shuttle flight and the 33rd flight for Discovery.