Monday, December 1, 2008

Endeavour lands after costly detour

Endeavour lands after costly detour

Nasa said Endeavour's "home-improvement" mission to the ISS was a success [EPA]

The space shuttle Endeavour has touched down safely in a Californian desert after being re-routed from its original landing site at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

US space agency Nasa said the shuttle glided to a smooth landing at the backup site at Edwards Air Force Base on Sunday after aborting its first landing attempt due to dangerously high winds and a stormy sky.

Endeavour and its seven astronauts were returning from a 16-day marathon "home-improvement" mission at the International Space Station (ISS).

"Welcome back. That was a great way to finish a fantastic flight," Nasa mission control in Houston radioed.

"And we're happy to be here in California," shuttle commander Christopher Ferguson replied.

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