| GEO World|
| Space shuttle Discovery lifts off|
| Updated at: 0447 PST, Monday, March 16, 2009|
CAPE CANAVERAL: The US space shuttle Discovery lifted off Sunday on a mission to install solar panels at the International Space Station.
The shuttle, carrying seven crew including six Americans and one Japanese, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center at 7:43 pm (2343 GMT).