In pictures: Launch day for space shuttle Discovery
Day of celebration

Millions of people from all around the world watched with held breath as Discovery blasted away from the Kennedy Space Center.

As the orbiter faded into the blue sky, apparently free from problems, celebratory cheers echoed around the spaceport.

Nasa managers expressed delight but cautioned that much work still needed to be done.

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