September 21, 2009

Shuttle Discovery Returns To Florida

Space shuttle Discovery has returned home to Florida after a cross-country flight from California.

Following a 5.7 million-mile mission to service the International Space Station, Discovery was forced to change its landing plans from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Edwards Air Force Base near Los Angeles due to concerns about the weather.

According to The Associated Press, the change of venue for the Discovery landing cost NASA almost $2 million.

Discovery set out from Edwards Base at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday. The craft was strapped to the top of a modified 747 aircraft.

The jumbo jet made refueling stops in Amarillo, Texas, and at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana, where it was held overnight before continuing on its trip to Florida Monday morning.

Shuttle Discovery arrived at Kennedy Space Center at about noon Monday.


Image Caption: One of NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft touches down Monday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after bringing space shuttle Discovery back to its east coast home. The ferry flight began at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Sunday. Discovery landed in California on Sept. 11 to end the STS-128 mission. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller


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