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Discovery STS-119 mission

U.S. shuttle Discovery lands safely at Kennedy Space Center

The U.S. space shuttle Discovery touched down on Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Full story

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STS-119: A final station power up

The STS-119 mission will deliver to the station the final set of solar arrays needed to complete the station's complement of electricity-generating solar panels.

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