Thursday, August 09, 2007

US - Shuttle Endeavour lifts off safely

Space shuttle Endeavour lifted off last night in what was a perfect launch. As well as a compliment of six NASA astronauts, STS-118 carried Barbara Morgan, a former Idaho teacher who was selected as teacher Christa McAuliffe's backup for the doomed Challenger mission 21 years ago. Several family members of the Challenger crew were said to have watched the launch yesterday. The mission which left the ground at 18:36 local time [22:36 GMT] is set to stay for two weeks in space and carry out assembly work, repairs and deliver supplies to the International Space Station [CNN].

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