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8/9/05- Johnson Space Center

Discovery Lands Safely In California

After spending 2 weeks in space and travelling more than 5 million miles, the Space Shuttle Discovery is back on the ground.

The shuttle returned to Earth at 7:11 A-M, hours after 2 more delays that moved the landing from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

Engineers had worried about a piece of foam that broke off during liftoff, and last week, astronauts made a spacewalk to remove gap fillers near the shuttle's heating tiles.

Officials at NASA say Discovery has met or exceeded expectations during this mission, though there is no word yet on whether they will continue their grounding of shuttle missions.

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