Morning Buzz: Oct. 24, 2007

Firefighters and Southern California residents are hoping for slowed winds on Day 4 of more than a dozen vicious blazes that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and forced upward of 1 million people to evacuate.

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Firefighters and Southern California residents are hoping for slowed winds on Day 4 of more than a dozen vicious blazes that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and forced upward of 1 million people to evacuate.

Space shuttle Discovery successfully blasted off and is chasing the international space station in orbit today. The crew of seven is to arrive at the station sometime tomorrow. Six pieces of foam insulation came off Discovery during the launch but were shed after the crucial first two minutes, thus risking no harm to the crew. The mission poses a challenging step in the construction of the space station.

And in addition to Americans being in space, China launched its first unmanned lunar probe today, a week after Japan put a probe into orbit around the moon. The Chinese plan is to send a rover to the moon and return it to Earth within 10 years. Besides China and Japan competing in Asia's space race, India plans to send a probe into space in April as well.