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12/22/06 - CAPE CANAVERAL, FL

Discovery Lands in Florida

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Space Shuttle Discovery has landed at Cape Canaveral in Florida just after 4:30pm Central time.

NASA cancelled their first approach to Cape Canaveral due to rain.

NASA normally has more time for the landing, but the astronauts spent an extra day at the international space station this week to work on a stubborn solar array.

Rain and clouds were forecast during the shuttle's first landing opportunity Friday afternoon at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and crosswinds were expected at NASA's next-best option, Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

The third option, White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico, hasn't been used for a shuttle landing in 24 years, and in that landing, sand on the runway contaminated the orbiter, and the brakes were damaged. It isn't normally equipped to service the shuttles, either.

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