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Space Shuttle <i>Discovery</i> Lands in California


The space shuttle Discovery has landed in California after nearly 14 days in orbit.

Discovery made a trouble-free touchdown at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert at 1211 Universal time Tuesday.

Flight controllers reported no problems as the shuttle and its seven astronauts re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and crossed the Pacific Ocean prior to landing.

This was the first shuttle landing since the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry in February, 2003.

NASA shifted the site for today's landing to California because of bad weather at the shuttle's home base of Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

During their two weeks in space, Discovery's astronauts made unprecedented in-flight repairs to the shuttle's heat shield and delivered supplies to the International Space Station.