CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery's launch
into orbit this morning has clinched a record for the most women in
space at the same time -- four.
That includes the three female Discovery crew members and a
woman on the space station.
Discovery began one of NASA's final stockpiling missions to the
International Space Station in the pre-dawn darkness, its takeoff
flames bringing an early dawn to the coast.
The shuttle should arrive at the orbiting outpost Wednesday.
In a rare treat, the space station passed over the launch site
15 minutes before Discovery blasted off and was easily visible,
resembling a big, brilliant star in the clear morning sky with the
moon as a dramatic backdrop.