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In an emotional ceremony just a few miles from where Columbia should have landed five years ago Friday, NASA officials, astronauts, schoolchildren and family members of the lost shuttle crew gathered to remember the seven who died while returning from space.
From Mission Control to Main Street, the relief was visceral: Discovery was home.
Families of the seven astronauts who died aboard the shuttle Columbia feel hope and pain as they reflect on NASA's return to space for the first time since the tragedy 2 1/2 years ago. Relatives of at least three of the Columbia astronauts plan to attend the launch of Discovery on July 13.
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