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Space Shuttle Discovery Set for Tuesday Liftoff

The U.S. space agency says the shuttle Discovery is scheduled for liftoff next Tuesday on a mission to the International Space Station.

NASA officials set August 25 as the launch date following a flight review that ended Wednesday. Liftoff is set for 1:36 a.m. local time (0536 UTC) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA says seven astronauts will be on board Discovery, which will take more equipment and supplies to the space station. The cargo will include a treadmill named after U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert, who lobbied on television to have a part of the space station named after himself.

The space agency says the crew will include astronaut Nicole Stott, who will be spending time on the orbiting outpost. She will take the place of Tim Kopra, who flew to the space station on the recent shuttle Endeavour mission.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.