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At 9:09 a.m. Eastern Time this morning, the space shuttle successfully touched down in Florida, bringing the spectacular shuttle landing path to an end. NASA officially announced the completion of the space shuttle landing today after the shuttle landing path took Discovery and the crew over much of the United States - from state parks in Montana to a payday advance store in Georgia. After two scrubbed landings yesterday, this space shuttle landing was not assured to be a go - in fact, for a while, it was under question.

Space shuttle landing today almost did not happen

Today was the third attempt to land the Discovery space shuttle in Florida. Yesterday, two attempts were canceled because of clouds and bad weather. Today, the space shuttle landing was delayed by a full Earth orbit because of rainstorms. After 238 complete orbits around the earth, Discovery touched down.

The shuttle landing path across the USA

The shuttle landing path that Discovery took was very unusual for NASA. NASA has avoided overland shuttle landing paths ever given that the 2003 Columbia disaster. When the Columbia broke apart, it scattered debris across Nevada, New Mexico, California, and Texas. However, the Discovery shuttle landing path allowed the crew to get several extra hours in space also as a payday loans' worth of hours of additional sleep before the space shuttle landing today. This unusual shuttle landing path also allowed people in a large swath of the United States to see and hear the Discovery space shuttle landing today.

Next NASA Space shuttle mission

On Might 14, the next-to-next-to-last space shuttle launch. The current NASA space program has only three remaining spaceflights, which kick off with the Atlantis launch in May. Discovery will make the last space flight of its life on Sept 16. After the current space shuttle fleet is retired, NASA has been instructed to "refocus" on longer-range and longer-term missions to space.
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