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Discovery Makes Safe Return to Earth

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Discovery Makes Safe Return to Earth

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Discovery Makes Safe Return to Earth

Discovery Makes Safe Return to Earth

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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 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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