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Next Launch Luch-5V on a Proton-M rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan scheduled for 28 Apr 14 4:25:00 GMT

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Joe Allen (right, with red stripes on the legs of his suit) and Dale Gardner celebrate their success with a 'For Sale' sign, displayed high above Westar and Earth. The triumphant Mission 51A would cement the Shuttle's credentials as infallible...but it was an infallibility which would usher in a mistaken sense of complacency. The Shuttle, though capable of performing to near-perfection, was an imperfect machine. Photo Credit: NASA

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