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STS-121 IN ORBIT PART 2



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

With a rocket's red glare, Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from 
Kennedy Space Center in a spectacular display of sound and light 
befitting of Independence Day.

Commanded by Steven Lindsey, Discovery and its crew of seven astronauts 
roared from Launch Pad 39B to begin a 15,000-mph chase to rendezvous 
with the International Space Station.

As Discovery raced into the bright blue sky, cheers and applause erupted 
across Kennedy and along the nearby beaches of Florida's Space Coast. 
Today's successful launch came on the third try after the first two 
attempts to launch were dashed by poor weather.

Now under way, Discovery and its crew set their sights on a mission to 
deliver equipment, supplies and an additional crewmember to the station. 
While docked, the STS-121 crew will test new equipment and procedures to 
improve shuttle safety, as well as make repairs to the station.
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