Monday, May 25, 2009

Shuttle Atlantis lands after delay

Shuttle Atlantis lands after delay
(01:22) Rough Cut
May 24 - The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis touches down at the Edwards Air Force base in California following two days of landing delays caused by bad weather.

The shuttle has completed a 13-day mission to refurbish the Hubble Space Telescope.

The astronauts installed a new camera, replaced batteries and fixed instruments on the 19-year-old Hubble telescope, repairs that scientists hope will keep it in good working order for at least another five years.

The astronauts fitted Hubble with an even more sensitive camera that should be able to image objects formed 500 million years after the birth of the universe.

The touchdown came at 11:39 EDT (1539 GMT) after bad weather stalled two days of landing attempts at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.