Discovery shuttle blasts off on last space odyssey

Cape Canaveral, Florida (AFP) Feb 24, 2011 The shuttle Discovery blasted off Thursday on its final odyssey into orbit, marking the beginning of the end for what has been a central mission of the US space program for three decades. NASA’s most journeyed shuttle launched at 4:53 pm (2153 GMT) on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), and when it returns next month it will be the first of the three-member fleet to enter retir


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