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Space shuttle lifts off for ISS


Nasa has launched the US shuttle Discovery for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

It lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2359 EDT Friday (0359 GMT Saturday).

Two previous attempts to launch the orbiter had been postponed by a mix of bad weather and a technical glitch affecting its main propulsion system.

Discovery's mission will be the 30th flight dedicated to ISS maintenance, transporting research material.


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