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Space Shuttle Discovery lands safely
News story originally written on February 21, 1997

Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at 2:32 am Central Time at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, February 21. This is the ninth nighttime land in Shuttle program history. The completed mission was a complete success. The Hubble Space Telescope has been repaired and is expected to be running again within the next few weeks, after it has been calibrated. The mission had five spacewalks and accumulated 4.1 million miles in distance.

The first landing opportunity at 1:41am was denied due to low clouds over the Kennedy Space Center. Once the weather cleared, Discovery made its descent. The next repair misssion to the Hubble Space Telescope is expected in 1999.

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