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Minnesota native launched into space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Endeavour and a Minnesota astronaut blasted into the night sky Friday.

St. Paul native Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper and six others are bound for the international space station.

Stefanyshyn-Piper will be the lead spacewalker for the job of repairing a rotary joint that allows solar panels on the international space station to track the sun. She’ll go on three of the four scheduled spacewalks.

— Associated Press

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