The space shuttle Discovery landed safely on Tuesday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, after spending several extra days in space due to inclement weather on the ground. After three days with little to do, the crew is glad to be home.
NASA would have preferred the shuttle to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, because transporting the massive shuttle takes a week, and costs nearly a million dollars. The delay may jeopardize Discovery's next flight, set for early November.
However, the weather in Florida refused to cooperate. With only enough fuel to last until Wednesday, the crew was forced to use the back-up landing site in California. This is the first time the California site has been used since 1996.