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.