KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - The space shuttle Columbia blasted off on Friday morning with two former Ohio residents on board.
Troy High School graduate Nancy Currie and former Ohio State
Shortly before takeoff
When they get to outer space, the astronauts will join South Euclid native Carl Walz, who has been in orbit since last December. 19/43 News' Lynna Lai talked to Walz (pictured, above) via satellite, and surprised him with a special hello (video link, under picture).
The launch was surrounded by highly tight security to guard