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Sunita leaves space, ends up on Left Coast

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 22, 2007 04:13 PM

NEEDHAM

Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned to Earth safely Friday, ending a two-week mission to deliver an addition to the international space station and bring home a crew member and Needham native Sunita Williams from the outpost.

Atlantis crossed the Pacific and glided to a stop on a runway at Edwards Air Force Base in California. NASA managers had hoped to land the shuttle in Florida, but bad weather forced controllers to abandon that plan.

It was NASA's first manned flight of the year.

-- AP

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