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Discovery Launches Successfully

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) - The space shuttle Discovery has lifted off on the first shuttle flight in nearly a year, and just the second mission since the Columbia disaster. The launch was delayed twice by cloudy skies. Officials decided to send the shuttle into orbit today, after concluding that a crack that appeared in the fuel tank's foam insulation didn't pose a threat. Dozens of cameras were trained on the shuttle Discovery during today's launch, looking for any evidence of foam breaking off. NASA has spent (m) millions of dollars trying to prevent a recurrence of the problem that doomed Columbia. NASA's first-ever Independence Day launch came despite objections from those within NASA who argued for more fuel-tank repairs.
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