Astronaut Chris Cassidy Blasts Off Thursday 

A Mainer is set to blast off into space Thursday afternoon.Launch time for Chris Cassidy is set for 4:43 p.m. from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.The York native will spend time at the International Space Station. Cassidy is scheduled to return to Earth in September.The Challenger Learning Center in Bangor is hosting a lift off party leading up to and during the launch. This will be Cassidy’s second time in space.