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Shuttle Discovery in Orbit

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Shuttle Discovery in Orbit

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Shuttle Discovery in Orbit

Shuttle Discovery in Orbit

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Space Shuttle Discovery launches from pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. NASA hide caption

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View from television camera mounted on the shuttle shows Discovery's external fuel tank as the orbiter separates from the tank after launch of the spacecraft. Reuters hide caption

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The Space Shuttle Discovery blasts into orbit on America's first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The seven astronauts onboard will test new procedures for repairing the shuttle in orbit and deliver supplies to the space station.

The launch of Discovery was scrubbed two weeks ago because of a problem with the shuttle's fuel sensor system. Technicians were never able to figure out what the problem was. The sensors passed all of their tests this morning.

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