CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 28 (UPI) -- The space shuttle Discovery landed in Florida Saturday after a 13-day mission and a 90-minute weather delay.
Discovery completed an additional orbit of the Earth after cross winds and cloud cover forced the crew to scrub the landing scheduled for 1:39 p.m., Aviation Week reported. By the time the shuttle returned, conditions had improved enough to allow Lee Archambault to land Discovery at Kennedy Space Center at 3:14 p.m.
During its mission to the International Space Station, the crew delivered the final solar array panels and equipment that will be needed when the station crew grows to six in May. Kioshi Wakata remained at the station, becoming the first Japanese astronaut to make an extended stay there, while Sandra Magnus returned with Discovery after 136 days in orbit.
A new expedition crew, including NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and space tourist Charles Simonyl docked at the International Space Station Saturday after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday. Simonyl is a billionaire software developer on his second space tourist adventure.