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Space Shuttle Launched

The US space shuttle Endeavour has lifted off without a hitch, heading towards the International Space Station (ISS).

The shuttle is carrying the first section of a Japanese space lab.

Construction work is already underway aboard the space station, and it is permanently manned by three long-term residents.

Endeavour's crew of seven astronauts will also install a pair of massive robotic arms that will aid the construction.

Following Endeavour's mission, there are just 11 shuttle flights scheduled before the orbiters are retired. The first space shuttle, Columbia, had its maiden flight on April 12, 1981.





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source : reuters

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