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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER-FL, The space shuttle "Discovery" has wrapped up its mission, with a landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. A last-minute buildup of clouds prompted NASA to switch the shuttle's landing direction. The shuttle carried seven astronauts to the international space station, and brought back six, after leaving German astronaut Thomas Reiter there for a half-year stay. During this flight, NASA made repeated inspections of the shuttle's thermal skin, to make sure that it would protect the craft during re-entry. This was just the second flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster.

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