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Ready for a lift-off?

The next space shuttle launch is Endeavor, flying Mission STS 72 to bring back a Japanese free-flying scientific satellite _ the Space Flyer Unit _ and to deploy and retrieve NASA's Spartan Astrophysics spacecraft.

Liftoff is planned at 4:18 a.m. Thursday and landing is at 2:54 a.m. Jan. 20. Six astronauts will be aboard Endeavor.

The next unmanned launch is a Delta 2 Rocket scheduled on or about Jan. 14. Other scheduled space shuttle launches are: Columbia on Feb. 22, Atlantis on March 21, Endeavor May 16, Columbia June 27 and Atlantis Aug. 1.

An out-of-this-world film

No more wondering what it might be like to float around the universe, the shuttle astronauts have filmed it all for you. For an out-of-this-world movie experience catch Destiny in Space at the IMAX DOME theater at the Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Inside the MOSIMAX building is a 10,500-square-foot movie screen (82 feet tall) that encircles the audience. The seats are placed under an 85-foot curved ceiling. The Destiny in Space footage was taken by 43 astronauts from nine shuttle flights and is narrated by Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame. MOSIMAX is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $4 for children 2-12; $5 for children 13-18, and $6 for adults. Call 987-6300 for information.