Space Shuttle Discovery Blasts Off

Third time's a charm for Discovery

Friday, Aug 28, 2009  |  Updated 11:30 PM CDT
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Space shuttle Discovery finally launched Friday after two failed attempts to blast off.

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Space shuttle Discovery finally blasted off Friday evening after two failed tries to launch, heading up to the international space station with seven astronauts in tow.

The shuttle launched just seconds before midnight and could be seen from across the East Coast as it lit up the sky.

Discovery is hauling seven astronauts and a load of space station supplies -- including a treadmill named after Comedy Central political comedian Stephen Colbert. Its previous two tries to launch last Tuesday and Wednesday were derailed by thunderstorms and fuel valve trouble, respectively.

The shuttle should reach the international space station Sunday night.

Read more: MSNBC

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