The space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at Kennedy Space Center today following a 16-day mission to service and continue assembly on the International Space Station.
Endeavour's two Orbital Maneuvering System engines fired for two minutes, 51 seconds to slow the shuttle enough for it to drop out of orbit and back into the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.
The route back to Florida took the seven astronauts north from the South Pacific, over Costa Rica, Cuba and South Florida to a broad left turn into Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center.
They touched down at 10:48 a.m, local time.
"Congratulations on a superb mission from beginning to end," astronaut Alan Poindexter radioed at landing. "Very well done."