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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Everything is looking good for today's scheduled launch of space shuttle Atlantis to the Hubble Space Telescope. Liftoff is set for just after 1 p.m.

   The weather is 90 percent "go." The countdown has been very smooth. And the seven astronauts are suited up and getting settled in aboard the orbiter.

   Their mission is to service and upgrade the telescope 350 miles up. That's a lot higher than the international space station. And the longer trip will expose the shuttle crew to extra risk.

   Should some debris seriously damage the spaceship, a second shuttle -- Endeavour -- is standing by on another pad. It would blast off on a rescue mission within a week.

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