Space Shuttle Discovery Lands in Florida

By: Marcia Dunn AP
By: Marcia Dunn AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery and its crew
are back on Earth.

Discovery landed at its home port in Florida on Saturday afternoon, ending a 13-day mission that left the international space station with all its solar wings.

The space station can now produce enough electricity to support a larger crew and conduct more research.

The shuttle crew also helped fix a recycling machine at the space station that turns astronauts' urine and sweat into drinking water.

Touchdown occurred a little later than planned. Cloudy and windy
weather forced NASA to delay Discovery's homecoming by about 90
minutes. But the wind shifted and the conditions improved enough so
that the seven astronauts could make the second and final landing
opportunity for the day.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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