August 17, 2011
The Space Shuttle Discovery, with its crew of seven astronauts onboard, glides to a pre-dawn landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Touchdown occurred at 5:11 a.m. (PDT) August 9, 2005. Astronauts Eileen M. Collins and James M. Kelly, STS-114 commander and pilot, respectively, guided the ship as it made its 17,000 mph descent from space into the morning darkness. The landing concludes a historic 14-day, Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station. Also onboard were astronauts Stephen K. Robinson, Andrew S. W. Thomas, Wendy B. Lawrence, Charles J. Camarda, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, all mission specialists.
Topics: Edwards Air Force Base, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, Disaster Accident, Soichi Noguchi, Scouting in Japan, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, STS-114, Charles Camarda, Andy Thomas, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Space Shuttle program