One of the oldest of the space shuttles, Discovery, finally lifted off this morning after a two and a half year absence after nearly 50 safety improvements and some minor glitches with a backup fuel sensor. It seems NASA isn't taking any chances jeopardizing the space program by delaying the launch for a third time in a month. The 114th launch of a space shuttle was witnessed by First Lady Laura Bush and Governor Jeb Bush as well as the families of the Challenger and Columbia astronauts, all holding their breath as the seven person crew led by commander Eileen Collins lifted off from Cape Canaveral. Bringing with them the two year back ordered supplies and spare parts to the half built space station and its two man crew, who will take pictures and study the newly refitted shuttle as it docks sometime Thursday . I want to say how relieved I am that NASA has reevaluated their safety protocols concerning the shuttle fleet and its crews. I only wish it would have come seven lives sooner, but the exploration of space does not come without inherent risks. I am also quite sure the families of both the Challenger and Columbia astronauts are proud of their own family members who risked their lives and reached for the stars and have now become part of them and my fondest wishes ride with those that continue the journey today and in the future….God Speed to you all.