SAN DIEGO (AP) - A woman who earned her doctorate at UC San Diego is among seven astronauts aboard the shuttle Atlantis which blasted into space today.

The shuttle was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, bound for a repair mission for the Hubble Space Telescope.

K. Megan McArthur was born in Hawaii, but grew up in Northern California. She graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a degree in aerospace engineering before heading to UC San Diego where she earned a doctorate in oceanogrpahy in 2002.

Atlantis' 11-day mission is expected to include five spacewalks so astronauts can make upgrades to the telescope, extending its life through 2014.