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Thursday, 19 April, 2001, 19:24 GMT 20:24 UK
Space shuttle Endeavour blasts off

The United States space shuttle Endeavour has blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida to dock with the orbiting International Space Station.

The seven-man crew -- four Americans, a Canadian, an Italian and a Russian -- is delivering sophisticated research equipment to the station, including a four-tonne Italian-made module containing clothes, food and a laboratory for experiments.

The shuttle is also carrying a robotic arm, nearly seventeen metres-long, to unload the module and attach it to the space station.

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