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Charles J. Camarda

NASA Back in Space After 2 1/2 Years

America's manned space program roared back to life Tuesday with the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery ( search ), and engineers immediately began analyzing video of falling debris in hopes of ruling out a problem like the one that doomed Columbia 2 1/2 years ago.National pride and the future of space exploration itself hung in the balance as Discovery and its crew of seven rose from the launch pad at 10:39 a.m. into a hazy blue sky and headed out over the ocean in the most scrutinized launch in NASA history and the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster.NASA Administrator Michael Griffin ( search ) urged everyone "to take note of what you saw here today: the power and the majesty of the launch, of course, but also the competence and the professionalism, the sheer gall, the pluckiness, the grittiness of this team that pulled this program out of the depths of despair 2 1/2 years ago and made it fly."Nevertheless, Griffin and other NASA officials said they will not celebrate unt...

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