San Diegan Lands Space Shuttle In California

Two astronauts with San Diego ties return to earth

By Susan Taylor
|  Saturday, Sep 12, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 AM PDT
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Two crew members aboard the shuttle that landed Friday afternoon in California have ties to San Diego County.

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Two men with San Diego ties are among seven astronauts back on Earth after the space shuttle Discovery made a safe landing in California Friday night. 

As it landed, Mission Control said, "Discovery rolling out on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, wrapping up a 5.7 million mile mission to resupply and fortify the International Space Station."  

NASA detoured the shuttle to the backup touchdown site because of stormy weather in Florida. On board were Cmdr. Rick Sturkow, who is a native of Lakeside, and Flight Engineer Jose Hernandez, who has family in Escondido. 

The end of Discovery's 14-day supply mission to the International Space Station also included a homecoming for astronaut Timothy Kopra, who spent almost two months at the orbiting outpost

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