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Shuttle Sparks Panic In Central America

Endeavour's sonic boom over El Salvador caused a stir not unlike what occurred in the wake of Orson Welles' infamous War Of The Worlds radio broadcast.
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Nicholas Patrick, an Engineering graduate from the University of Cambridge, has set off on his second space mission.
Patrick, who works for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), first went into space in 2006, when astronauts fitted a backbone segment to the International Space Shuttle (ISS).
This time, he boarded the spaceship Endeavour, in order to help deliver two European-built modules to the ISS, which is worth 64 billion. The spaceship blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, and the venture will last thirteen days.

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The space shuttle Endeavour has landed at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, following its latest visit to the International Space Station (ISS).
The two-week mission saw the virtual completion of the ISS.
The six-member crew of Endeavour installed the Tranquility Node, a spacious addition that includes the "cupola" observation deck.
The commissioning of Tranquility marks the last major component of the space station.

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The space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned safely to Earth on Sunday, making a rare night-time landing to end a mission that resulted in the virtual completion of the International Space Station.
The shuttle's punctual arrival took some by surprise. All day, forecasters said rain and clouds probably would scuttle any touchdown attempts, just as heavy cloud cover had delayed its launch by 24 hours two weeks earlier.. But the rain stayed away and the sky cleared just in time.

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All six crew members now are off Endeavour and inside the Crew Transport Vehicle. After a routine checkup, some of the astronauts will have a chance to take the traditional walk around the shuttle while it sits on the runway.
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Shuttle main-gear touchdown at 3:20:31 GMT

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Endeavour has safely landed at the Kennedy Space Centre at 03:20 GMT

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1 minute 30 seconds to touch down

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The STS-130 is now on its final approach

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