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Discovery lifts off for space station

...first shuttle flight in six months -- the longest gap since the Challenger disaster. "It has been a long time," launch director Ralph Roe said. "We're all just extremely happy to be launching again." The practically flawless, sunrise launch...

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Astronauts to install robot arm on space station

...Endeavour lifted off at 2:40 p.m., right on time. "Good luck and have fun on the international space station," launch director Mike Leinbach told the astronauts. It was a fine day for flying, and not just because of the good weather. Thursday...

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Columbia zooms into orbit with 180-degree flip

...sent up a shuttle at the exact moment on the exact day as planned. "You can't end the year on a better note," launch director Jim Harrington gushed. The first experiment of the 16-day flight occurred just six minutes after liftoff. In a...

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Launch delayed of unmanned satellite to test Einstein predictions

...hours because officials were unable to verify whether some last-minute data had been loaded aboard the rocket, launch director Chuck Dovale said. The satellite - 45 years and $750 million in the making - was built to test two of Einstein's...

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Air Force launches GPS satellite to help in war on terror

...spacecraft is going to play a huge role in the war on terrorism," said Air Force Lt. Col. Brad Broemmel, the launch director. The $90 million GPS mission was delayed in October after the rocket was damaged in a launch pad accident. Because...

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Perfect, punctual liftoff

...agency planning to fly to the space station eight times over the next year. "It's a great day," said NASA's new launch director, Mike Leinbach. All week, NASA had worried that rain might postpone Atlantis' delivery mission with a load of...

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Launch of first female shuttle commander off until Thursday

...engine compartment and ordered the cutoff. The reading turned out to be wrong, and it would have been safe to fly, launch director Ralph Roe said. "We are convinced this is not a real leak," Roe said, "and we have no serious concern with launch...

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NASA launches spacecraft named Messenger to Mercury

...soon as Messenger shed its final rocket stage. Applause erupted in launch control. "That looked wonderful," said launch director Chuck Dovale. "We bid Messenger farewell." Scientists have been yearning to study Mercury up-close ever since...

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Hurricane delays Atlantis' launch by nearly a week

...repaired. The latest delay was a keen disappointment for NASA, anxious to have its spaceships flying again. But launch director Mike Leinbach said: "If you can't accept a few curve balls in this business, then you don't belong here...

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Shuttle launched after nine delays

...bad weather had forced delays the previous two days. "We appreciate your patience in hanging in there with us," launch director Dave King told the crew just before liftoff. "We hope you have a great mission to Hubble, and we'll see you back...

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