June 14, 2008
Posted: 11:20 AM ET
Discovery glided to a perfect landing under blue skies at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. Commander Mark Kelly put her down right on the center line of Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility, wrapping up a 5,332,723 million mile journey that began on May 31. During their two week visit to space, they installed the main component of the Japanese Kibo Laboratory onto the orbiting outpost.
-the 123rd shuttle flight
-the 35th flight of Discovery
-the 26th shuttle mission to the International Space Station
-the 10th post post-Columbia mission
-The 98th post-Challenger mission
-There will be 10 more missions before the fleet is retired in 2010
Mark your calendars for the next shuttle mission, currently targeted to launch October 8. Astronauts will pay a final visit to the Hubble Space Telescope to switch out stabiizing gyroscopes and install some new instruments that will hopefully keep the Hubble operational into the next decade.
–Kate Tobin, Sr. Producer, CNN Science & Tech
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