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Discovery home from space station

June 15, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth and capped a successful expansion job at the International Space Station, more spacious and robust thanks to a new billion-dollar science lab.

The shuttle descended through a few puffy clouds and landed at 11:15 a.m. Eastern time, under the control of commander Mark Kelly. Two hours later, all the astronauts -- including Garrett Reisman, looking remarkably fresh and fit after 95 days on the ISS -- walked out, shook hands with NASA's senior managers and admired the ship they had come home in.

The next shuttle flight, planned for October, will be a trip by Atlantis to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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