Saturday, September 12, 2009
Discovery's Return Wraps a Busy Space Week
Space Shuttle Discovery landed Friday evening, a day late and in California instead of Florida, but after a successful mission to carry supplies, including valuable scientific equipment to the International Space Station (ISS) and to implement an ISS crewmember swap.
Meanwhile, Thursday saw the launch of Japan,s first HTV cargo ship to the ISS and the static test in Utah of a 5-segment booster designed for the Ares rockets planned for future exploration.
All this on top of the release of spectacular post-servicing Hubble images and the release of the Augustine Committee summary report on future human spaceflight options earlier in the week.