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Rerouted Shuttle Lands in Calif.

Wind in Florida could force a California landing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2008 4:03 PM CST
Rerouted Shuttle Lands in Calif.
In this image provided by NASA-TV, Space shuttle Endeavour is seen, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the international space station on Friday.   (AP Photo/NASA-TV)

(Newser) – Space shuttle Endeavour touched down at Edwards Air Force Base in California today, after dangerously high wind prevented the crew from landing at its home base in Florida, and NASA ordered the astronauts to take a detour and head for the Left Coast. Endeavour touched down at 4:25pm EST, wrapping up a 16-day trip that left the International Space Station freshly remodeled and capable of housing bigger crews.

"It is what it is," shuttle commander Christopher Ferguson radioed. "We'll see you on the ground in California." NASA always prefers to land space shuttles at Cape Canaveral, since it takes about a week and costs $1.8 million to transport a shuttle from California to Florida, atop a modified jumbo jet. (Read more NASA stories.)

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