Space Shuttle Endeavour touched down at Kennedy Space Center last
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Endeavour Mission is Complete
News story originally written on March 01, 2000
After 11 long and stressful days in space, the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its crew landed safely at Kennedy Space Center last week. The astronauts completed the mission, which involved a detailed mapping of almost the entire planet. Astronauts gave the mission an "A+" because they mapped 80% of Earth's surface.
The mission was anything but boring. Troubles with latches and a faulty thruster threatened to end the mission early. Fortunately, NASA scientists found ways to save on fuel, allowing the shuttle to complete the mission.
Special radar equipment was used to map the Earth's surface. The radar was used because it can penetrate through cloud cover. Scientists say it will take one to two years before the data will be completely turned into an actual map.
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