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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-05 10:05 AM
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Shuttle Discovery Blasts Into Orbit
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit Tuesday on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2 1/2-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious.

At stake were not only the lives of the astronauts, but also America's pride in its technological prowess, the fate of the U.S. space program and the future of space exploration itself.

"Our long wait may be over. So on behalf of the many millions of people who believe so deeply in what we do, good luck, Godspeed and have a little fun up there," launch director Mike Leinbach told the astronauts right before liftoff.

Space program employees and relatives of both the Discovery and Columbia crews watched nervously as the shuttle rose from its pad at 10:39 a.m., climbed into a hazy midsummer sky, pierced two decks of clouds, and headed out over the ocean in the most scrutinized launch in NASA history. Two chase planes and more than 100 cameras documented the ascent from every possible angle to capture any sign of flying debris of the sort that doomed the last flight.

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  -Shuttle Discovery Blasts Into Orbit Freddie Stubbs  Jul-26-05 10:05 AM   #0 
  - The tank mounted camera was extra cool  ThoughtCriminal   Jul-26-05 10:06 AM   #1 
  - That was amazing  Synnical   Jul-26-05 10:22 AM   #3 
  - ya gotta love that!  StaggerLee   Jul-26-05 12:31 PM   #11 
     - Did you notice the water vapor?  Rufus T. Firefly   Jul-26-05 04:05 PM   #17 
  - It proabbly is going go up on the net soon, though as recording only  sakabatou   Jul-26-05 02:44 PM   #15 
  - well crap...  blackspade   Jul-26-05 10:10 AM   #2 
  - YES, it is.  janx   Jul-26-05 10:35 AM   #4 
  - NASA's feed  Rufus T. Firefly   Jul-26-05 04:06 PM   #18 
  - "...beginning America's new journey to the Moon,Mars and beyond",said  Algorem   Jul-26-05 10:46 AM   #5 
  - nevertheless, I'm moved by the optimism of the event  librechik   Jul-26-05 10:57 AM   #6 
  - Hope they make it back to Earth  La Coliniere   Jul-26-05 11:04 AM   #7 
  - we are again on our way  commander bunnypants   Jul-26-05 11:45 AM   #8 
  - The aliens aren't about to let us crazies out there.  Algorem   Jul-26-05 12:08 PM   #9 
  - Recommended for the pride of the United States.  Massacure   Jul-26-05 12:11 PM   #10 
  - aside from entertainment value, what is the purpose?  ginnyinWI   Jul-26-05 12:59 PM   #12 
  - and millions are without health care, and thousands more (Ford, Hewlitt  onecent   Jul-26-05 01:10 PM   #13 
  - And not having a space program would fix this how?  Throckmorton   Jul-26-05 01:56 PM   #14 
  - purpose = it shows we can reach for a dream  SlipperySlope   Jul-26-05 05:15 PM   #21 
  - NASA video showed debris falling off Discovery  rocknation   Jul-26-05 03:49 PM   #16 
  - Before you scare yerself to death...  Emperor_Norton_II   Jul-26-05 04:28 PM   #19 
  - watched it out the window this morning  SlavesandBulldozers   Jul-26-05 04:44 PM   #20 
  - post more videos if you find links  Sven77   Jul-26-05 06:27 PM   #22 
  - just returned home from work  Zech Marquis   Jul-26-05 06:54 PM   #23 

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