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Space Shuttle Discovery's Safe Landing Marks Successful Return to Flight

Is American public interested?

Monday, July 17, 2006

The space shuttle Discovery’s return to earth at 9:14 E.T. Monday morning capped a successful 13-day mission during which the shuttle’s 7-member crew connected with the International Space Station to drop off supplies and make repairs, as well as test new techniques and materials that can be used to make shuttle repairs. More importantly, however, the voyage marked a successful return to flight for the shuttle program following the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003. Discovery’s landing comes nearly 37 years to the day that Americans gathered around their television sets and watched in wonder as Neil Armstrong firmly planted his feet on the moon’s surface and, thereby, firmly entered the U.S. in the space race.

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