Discovery blasts off into space
With a faulty fuel gauge fixed, the US today launched its first manned space flight since the February 2003 Columbia disaster.
At 10.39am local time (3.39pm BST), the countdown began and space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The mission - the first for two and a half years - was considered vital if construction of the International Space Station was to finish before the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010. But it had been dogged by problems.
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