This was a huge mission. Prolonged difficult spacewalks. Absolutely a great accomplishment.  We need more of this.  I need something to be proud of.



Discovery and its crew returned to Earth on Wednesday and concluded a 15-day space station build and repair mission that was among the most challenging — and heroic — in shuttle history.

The space shuttle touched down just after 1 p.m., after safely crossing the continent in the first coast-to-coast re-entry since the Columbia disaster almost five years ago.

Commander Pamela Melroy was greeted by crisp fall weather as she brought Discovery down on the runway. (more…)