The Courier-Mail

10 YEARS AGO

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JOY AS DISCOVERY HOME SAFE “We’re happy to be back and we congratula­te the whole team for a job well done.” With those words from Commander Eileen Collins, Australian-born astronaut Andy Thomas and the jubilant crew of space shuttle Discovery returned to Earth last night after one of the most dramatic flights in space history. Just before 10.12pm Queensland time, Discovery executed a textbook landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert.

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