September 11, 2009 / 12:06 AM / 8 years ago

Shuttle Discovery leaves Earth orbit for landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery fired its braking rockets to leave Earth’s orbit and begin its descent to Earth on Friday, NASA said.

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The shuttle and its seven astronauts are returning from a 14-day supply mission to the International Space Station. They are scheduled to land at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 8:53 p.m. EDT on Friday.

Thunderstorms prevented the shuttle from landing at its Florida home base.

Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Pascal Fletcher

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