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Last Updated: Tuesday July 26 2005 19:26 GMT

In Pictures: Discovery takes off

The seven-strong team of the Discovery.

The crew are led out by pilots James Kelly and commander Eileen Collins.

The Discovery sets off into space.

The Discovery blasts into space on Tuesday in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

The Discovery sets off into space.

"Three, two, one - and lift-off!"

The shuttle is taking food to the International Space Station (ISS).

The shuttle is taking food to the International Space Station (ISS).

The 12-day mission will be the first by a space shuttle since when the Columbia orbiter broke up killing all seven astronauts on board. in February 2003.

The 12-day mission will be the first by a space shuttle since the Columbia orbiter broke up killing all seven astronauts on board in February 2003.

The launch date for Discovery was delayed by 13 days after a problem was detected with the fuel sensor.

Some 150,000 people weathered a really hot early morning to watch the launch.

Full speed ahead as the Discovery goes into space.

The launch date for Discovery was delayed by 13 days after a problem was detected with the fuel sensor.

The shuttle heads into space.

Discovery is due to return to Earth on the morning of 7 August.

Crowds cheer as the shuttle takes off.

President George W Bush's wife, Laura, and brother the Florida Governor were among those watching.