Of the trio set to reach the ISS six hours after blast-off
, both Saint-Jacques and McClain are flying for the first time.
Brands co-founder Ramez Toubassy will join Gordon Brothers as president of the Brands Division and the rest of the Blast-Off
Brands team will take on senior leadership positions on both the creative and licensing sides of the business.
NASA has prepared its space shuttle Discovery for blast-off
at 11.59 EDT (03.59 GMT on Saturday) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with seven astronauts on board.
Before the blast-off
, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared to make a rare public appearance, when he visited a theatre in Pyongyang.
Nate Gorman of Las Vegas drops some voodoo on this Peter Hewitt blast-off
The Russian Soyuz rocket had been due to launch on Saturday but the mission was aborted just 20 seconds before blast-off
because scientists were unhappy with safety checks.
on Sunday was delayed due to bad weather at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
But because of concerns about the launchpad's 'water deluge' system, the blast-off
was abandoned after a 33-minute launch window expired just before 11pm UK time.
nears, the seats tilt back so the `astronauts' are facing skywards as they would be in a real rocket launch.
Before hitting the popular blast-off
hip, ledge or what have you, the Beamer looks left, then right, scoping his "audience." He'll then do whatever stock trick he has wired and complete the routine with a roll-away stare-down.
But it is deemed minor as it did not occur in the critical first two minutes of Wednesday's Florida blast-off
meaning the debris did not hit the spaceship at full force.
Two shuttles were on stand-by for blast-off
on a journey that reads like a Hollywood script.
TWO days after blast-off
, the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was in trouble.
Her parents Larry and Mary Egan where in the US for blast-off
earlier this week.
On July 22, 1999, the launch of Columbia was halted just seven seconds from blast-off
when a dangerous build-up of hydrogen gas stopped the countdown.