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Shuttle Makes Rare Night Landing 57

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the hit-the-brakes dept.
goG writes "After over 200 orbits around the Earth, space shuttle Endeavour landed safely in Florida on Sunday, ending a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA pressed ahead with the Sunday night landing even though poor weather on both coasts threatened any touchdown attempt. Unusually, rain clouds were expected at both Edwards Air Force base in California and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The return marked just the 23rd time the space shuttle has landed at night, out of 130 flights."
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Shuttle Makes Rare Night Landing

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  • by Joce640k (829181) on Monday February 22, 2010 @09:58AM (#31228754) Homepage

    One in five isn't terribly rare...

  • by geminidomino (614729) on Monday February 22, 2010 @09:59AM (#31228776) Journal

    Apparently it came in from West to East, because the boom made me jump out of my chair and scared my poor cats witless.

    They should warn a guy. :)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    nice clean steam/heat vents everywhere (much cleaner than the increasing random eruptions). we'd be back to having an atmosphere before we realize ours is kaput? no money in it? may as well blow up then.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      part of the 'newclear' power those freaks have been ranting about for all these years?

      some of us would do almost anything to make them stop/delete themselves, no?

      gnu online dating; sheesh

  • The shuttle was allowed to land despite the threat of bad weather? Whats the new motto at NASA; "Safety last"?
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by vlm (69642)

      The shuttle was allowed to land despite the threat of bad weather? Whats the new motto at NASA; "Safety last"?

      The tiles are delicate, literally flying thru hail or rain could destroy them while they're red hot. That would be a shame if it happened on flight #1. That is no great loss if it happens on the last flight, or second to last, or whatever it is. Just put some bondo and spray paint on that dude before setting up the Smithsonian exhibit, or whatever.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by BrokenHalo (565198)
      The shuttle was allowed to land despite the threat of bad weather?

      Maybe they wanted to be back in time for tea.

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