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Discovery's Crew Happy with Safe Return

The Space Shuttle Discovery landed flawlessly early Tuesday at Edwards Air Force base in California. Bad weather forced NASA to divert the shuttle from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins says the mission showed again "how important spaceflight is."

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.