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Liftoff

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The space shuttle Discovery blasts off at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday night. The seven-man crew includes Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 45, who is making his third space flight. During his three-month stay at the international space station, Wakata is to build and maintain the Japanese space lab, Kibo.

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I think the appropriate words at this point are "God speed."

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Cool. Shuttle night launch. Someone at Firefox should make a browser with this theme.

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That is a very nice picture!

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I saw it from the house. Beautiful launch.

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I have seen it go up too from parents house in Florida. But this is very cool.

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real purdy

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Come back safe and sound.

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Great picture! Come back home safely!

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Talk about memories, I used to watch the launch from class at uni.

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AWESOME!

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This is great and beautiful. I wonder how much CO2 the launch made every time?

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"the international space station"

So far it's not looking anything like the space station in "2001: A Space Odyssey." But it's still fantastic!

"wonder how much CO2 the launch made"

I hear with every launch, the shuttle punches another hole in the ozone layer...

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Thanks to JT for putting up a high-resolution image that richly deserves it.

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Given the technological needs here on Earth, manned space missions at this point in history are pretty much a complete waste of time and money.

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Nice photo. So far so good.

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Beautiful photo but a waste of money.

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