Space Shuttle Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B at 8:47 p.m. EST, December 9th 2006. Seven astronauts were on board for a 12-day mission to continue construction of the International Space Station, including rewiring the orbiting laboratory and adding a segment to its integrated truss structure. ISS Flight Engineer Sunita Williams remained on the station, replacing Thomas Reiter.
This launch was delayed from the 7th December due to weather constraints. It was the first night launch of a space shuttle since the Columbia disaster.
The STS-116 mission was the 117th space shuttle flight and the 33rd flight for Discovery.
Date: December 9th 2006