NASA :: Space shuttle Discovery has lifted off from Cape Canaveral

The space shuttle Discovery has lifted off from Cape Canaveral – the first night shuttle launch in four years.

Discovery launched at 2047 (0147 GMT on Sunday), two days after poor weather forced a lift-off to be cancelled.

The shuttle is heading to the International Space Station (ISS), which Nasa is racing to complete before the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010.