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Space Shuttle EndeavourLifts Off

December 5, 2001

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ After nearly a week of delays, space shuttle Endeavour blasted off under heavy protection Wednesday on a flight to deliver a new crew to the international space station.

The shuttle rose from its seaside pad shortly before sunset, carrying seven astronauts and a load of station supplies. It was NASA’s first mission since the Sept. 11 attacks and received more security than any other space shot.

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