Discovery shuttle returns safely
(BBC) Space shuttle Discovery has landed in Florida after an eventful 15-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The crew touched down at 1301 ET (1801 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center.
During their time at the orbiting outpost, the shuttle's crew delivered a new unit, dropped off a new resident and completed a series of spacewalks.
During one of the spacewalks, a rip was discovered in one of the ISS's solar panels but was later repaired.
During its 60-minute descent back to Earth, Discovery would have reached speeds of up to 30 times the speed of sound.
When ground control gave the green light for the shuttle to return, commander Pam Melroy fired the craft's engines in a two-minute "deorbit burn" at 1259 local time (1659 GMT) to slow its speed.
Earlier, Nasa officials reported no damage to the shuttle's insulation tiles that protected the orbiter from temperatures of up to 1,649C ( 3,000F) as it re-entered the atmosphere.
The orbiter undertook several steep banking manoeuvers during its return to help slow it down to its landing speed of about 220 mph ( 350 km/h).