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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida - A patched-up space shuttle Atlantis has blasted off with seven astronauts on the first space shuttle flight of 2007. Nasa scrubbed a previously-planned launch in March because of hailstorm damage to the shuttle.

Before the launch, a seabreeze pushed clouds away from the Cape, the sky was blue and the weather was very good. The space shuttle looked good with no significant problems reported.

The Atlantis crew is set to spend eleven days in space, delivering parts and doing more construction on the space station. The astronauts also plan to drop off a fresh crewmember for the station, and bring another one home. Suni Williams has spent the past six months working in space.

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