Space shuttle Discovery blasts off to ISS (video)

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Space shuttle Discovery lifted off just before midnight Friday from the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Atlantic coast, carrying nearly 8,000 kilograms of equipment for the International Space Station.

The mission had been postponed three times: once due to unfavorable weather conditions, once for a malfunctioning valve sensor and then to check data from a tanking test.

“It looks like third time really is the charm,’ launch director Pete Nickolenko told commander Rick Sturckow. “We wish you and your team good luck and Godspeed.”

The orbiter with seven astronauts aboard is on a 13-day mission to deliver food, supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain crew members on the ISS.

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