Atlantis Detours, Lands in Calif.

Space shuttle, 7 astronauts return after Fla. weather forces change of plans
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2007 7:28 PM CDT
The space shuttle Atlantis lands at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2007. Uncooperative weather at Kennedy Space Center forced flight controllers to pass on a landing attempt in Florida....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Atlantis space shuttle landed in California this afternoon, touching down at Edwards Air Force Base after weather forced a 1-day delay and a detour from Florida. The craft's signature twin sonic booms reverberated from San Diego to Los Angeles before the shuttle glided to a stop in the Mojave Desert, returning from its 2-week mission with seven astronauts aboard.

On the International Space Station, the astronauts installed new equipment and took four spacewalks, including one to secure a thermal blanket on the shuttle that had peeled back during the launch. Among the crew was Sunita "Suni" Williams, who set a record for a woman in space with her 195-day stint. Her replacement is expected to spend 4 months aloft.