Discovery Makes Safe Return to Earth

The Space Shuttle Discovery touches down at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The Space Shuttle Discovery touches down at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Reuters hide caption

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Eileen Collins, commander of of the STS-114  mission, stands with members of the Discovery crew as s

Eileen Collins, commander of of the STS-114 mission, stands with members of the Discovery crew as she speaks with the media. NASA hide caption

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The space shuttle and its seven-person crew make a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, successfully conclucing the first shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster. The shuttle was diverted from a Florida landing by bad weather.

The shuttle landed on the long desert runway in the early morning darkness, a parachute trailing behind. NASA officials have said they will not send up a shuttle again, until they can understand why a large piece of foam fell off during launch. Another flight is scheduled for September.

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