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tlr online
26-07-05, 16:44
Nasa has launched its first manned space mission in two-and-a-half years. Space shuttle Discovery blasted off on its 12-day flight at 1039 local time (1539 BST) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It roared up into a bright blue sky to the cheers of spectating astronaut families and US space agency staff. Discovery's crew will test safety measures brought in after the Columbia accident in 2003 and resupply the International Space Station.

"On behalf of the many millions of people who believe so deeply in what we do, good luck, God speed and have a little fun up there," Nasa launch director Mike Leinbach told Commander Eileen Collins and her crew just before lift-off.

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Smith will Suffice
27-07-05, 05:34
lets hope its not another columbia disaster

or pretty soon, u'll see slack-jawed yokels on the news griping about how pieces of the shuttle catapulted from the sky down into their farm land and trailer parks.

-Smith

Andromeda66
27-07-05, 08:00
They were talking about damage investigations after pieces of debri fell off during launching. Lets hope its not the foam tiles again... or anything else serious enough to cause a catastrophe.