The space shuttle Discovery returned to Earth today after an exciting and challenging 15 days in space.
For those of you living in the Northwest, Midwest and Southeast United States, Discovery passed over your head around lunchtime before setting down at 1 p.m. EST at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The return was originally scheduled to take place before daylight traveling up from South America and over the Caribbean Sea. Plans changed, though, when flight commander Pamela Melroy asked for a safer, daytime landing.
The most difficult part of Discovery’s mission came when Dr. Scott Parazyinski performed a spacewalk to repair two tears in a solar array. While live wiring could have electrocuted him, the spacewalk proved to be a success.