BBC News Pure brown trouser time for those lucky people who have just blasted off. I appreciate that space travel is fraught with many dangers but I think that it is irresponsible of NASA to lauch a shuttle when they are plauged by so many on-going safety concerns. Those poor sods sat up in orbit will hardly be comforted by the NASA clain that they are pretty sure that the shuttle is undamaged. After what happened on re-entry last time, I for one would be docking with the International Space Station and refusing to come down until they sent up a fully functioning shuttle to collect me. I get the feeling that NASA were not entirely happy about sending the shuttle up but political pressure from Georgie Boy made them crack on. Here's hoping for a safe return.