Shuttle Discovery lands in Florida
Monday, March 30th 2009, 11:59 am
By: News 9
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA says shuttle Discovery appears to be in good shape after its 13-day, five-million-mile journey.
The crew had to add one more lap of the Earth to the mission Saturday afternoon while waiting for winds to die down at the Florida landing site.
Discovery and its crew delivered and set up the international space station's final set of solar panels. The $300-million system brings the orbiting science platform to full power and clears the way for doubling its live-in crew to six.
The returning shuttle astronauts are elated about the mission. Pilot Dominic Antonelli says he actually misses being weightless. He says normal gravity is "for the birds" and that zero-G "is the way to go."
Also glad to be home is Sandra Magnus. The returning space station crewmember logged 134 days in orbit and put a chocolate milkshake at the top of her list of back-on-Earth requests.