EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts are back on Earth.
Atlantis landed Sunday morning in California, ending a successful 13-day mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. Thunderstorms prevented the shuttle from returning to its Florida home base for the third day in a row. Commander Scott Altman was grateful for the beautiful desert weather.
The astronauts left behind a refurbished Hubble that scientists say is better than ever. Researchers expect it to churn out pictures of the universe for another five to 10 years.
It will take about a week to get Atlantis back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and cost NASA close to $2 million. The previous Edwards shuttle landing was in November.
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