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"Discovery" still soared

July 27 2005

During the shuttle's takeoff was observed several thousand people gathered at the space center at Cape Canaveral.

At the start, was also attended by U.S. first lady Laura Bush, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the families of astronauts killed in the crash of the Columbia.

Space shuttle carries the international space station supplies and items of equipment. During his flight will also test new safety devices, in particular, thermal insulation repair kit and a hand-manipulator for inspection plating shuttle in space.

Flight of space shuttle Discovery, with seven crew members on board was preceded by unprecedented in the practice space launches and tests technical checks.

Launch was the culmination of two and a half years of painstaking work to extract lessons from the crash of the Columbia, cost the lives of seven astronauts.
Columbia disintegrated during re-entry for landing.

Return of Discovery "must Aug. 7

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