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Space Shuttle Discovery Back On Earth

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STS-114 landed safely at Edwards Air Force base in California just minutes ago. NASA prefers to land it back at the Cape so they don't have the spend a million dollars and 2 weeks shuttling it across the country on the back of a 747, but the weather in Florida did not cooperate.


Comments (6)

Yeah, I'm just glad... (Below threshold)

Yeah, I'm just glad our astronauts found a friendly path back to the ground. This is good for national morale and for NASA.

I just heard on the news that it'll only take a week to get it back to the Cape. So maybe it'll only cost 1/2 as much. :-)

maybe they refined the proc... (Below threshold)
Paul:

maybe they refined the process a bit. ;-)

Maybe FedEx is running a sp... (Below threshold)
joe:

Maybe FedEx is running a special.

God help me, as soon as I h... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

God help me, as soon as I heard the landing had moved to California, I couldn't help but wonder if it was so that if it did break up in flight, the debris would fall in the ocean and not over the United States.

I can't recall the last time I was so relieved to be wrong.

J.

Actually, Jay Tea, they cha... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

Actually, Jay Tea, they changed the approach path to the landing so that, for the first time, it passed over no populated areas. I guess they weren't so confident themselves.

Ground Tracks...<a... (Below threshold)
snowballs:



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