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Christina Drain

The Corsair

Amid sun and billowing clouds, space shuttle Atlantis lifted off at 2:45 p.m. today.

The weather was a concern all day but a jubilant Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer, made the announcement during the final planned hold at 9 minutes that weather was acceptable for launch.

A final check of the ECO sensors, which delayed the flight in December, also passed.

The flight will deliver the European Space Agency’s Columbus module.


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