Space Shuttle Discovery Soars Through The Clouds

Space Shuttle Landing

After an 13 day, 20 hour, 53 minute mission that covered  5.7-million miles the Space Shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert.

The Shuttle was originally scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday but directors had to delay the landing due to deteriorating weather on the east coast. After another day of bad weather in Florida NASA decided to aim for a mid-afternoon landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert on Saturday the 12th.

The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on August 28, 2009 on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station repair the Hubble Space Telescope, as we can see from these specticular new pictures shot by the Hubble Space Telescope the mission was a success.

Viewed from the Banana River Viewing Site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery arcs through a cloud-brushed sky, lighted by the trail of fire after launch on the STS-128 mission. Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Aug. 28, 2009. (via nasa.com)

Viewed from the Banana River Viewing Site at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery arcs through a cloud-brushed sky, lighted by the trail of fire after launch on the STS-128 mission. Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Aug. 28, 2009. (via nasa.com)

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Contrails are produced as the Shuttle takes a final bank towards the runway.

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The Shuttle touched down at a speed of 250mph.

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View of the I.S.S. as they attempt to dock.

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Opening the cargo bay to deliver supplies to the I.S.S.

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A NASA astronaut taking a space walk during the mission.

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