Space Shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts returned to Earth in pre-dawn darkness early yesterday, capping an epic 13-day mission that brought home the first crew from the International Space Station Alpha after four months in space. Shuttle commander Jim Wetherbee steered the 100-ton winged spaceship to a gliding landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 2:31 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to close out the STS-102 mission, Aerospace Daily affiliate AviationNow.com ...

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