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Shuttle Atlantis touches down in California

The space shuttle Atlantis touched down at its alternative landing spot in Calfornia on Sunday after a successful mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Telescope.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, California
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2009 09:56 PM IST

The space shuttle Atlantis touched down at its alternative landing spot in Calfornia on Sunday after a successful mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble Telescope.

After 12 days, 21 hours and 37 minutes in flight, the shuttle, with its crew of seven astronauts, landed at this air base 160 km northeast of Los Angeles.

NASA earlier scrubbed landing efforts at Cape Canavera l, Florida where weather conditions remained threatening after earlier storms.

Bad weather and crosswinds pushed back Florida landing tries for three days before NASA opted for the California landing. The craft had enough fuel and supplies to be aloft until Monday at the latest.

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