In pictures: Launch day for space shuttle Discovery
Flying high

Space shuttle Discovery roared into the near cloudless sky. A huge exhaust plume was left in its wake.

The separation of solid boosters and external tank all occurred without incident; and after eight-and-a-half minutes, Discovery shut down its engines to enter the planned preliminary orbit.

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