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Last Updated: Monday May 11 2009 18:42 GMT

Shuttle Atlantis blasts into space

The space shuttle Atlantis has blasted off from Florida in America on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble has been hit by failures to its science instruments and to its onboard gyroscopes.

Now the crew of Atlantis will spend 11 days above the Earth trying to fix the giant telescope.

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