Discovery touches down

Iowa State aerospace engineering alum Clay Anderson and six other astronauts onboard the space shuttle Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida around 12 noon CST Wednesday. While the other astronauts spent two weeks in space, Anderson returned to Earth after more than five months living on the International Space Station (ISS). While at the ISS, the astronauts connected a segment called Harmony that will serve as an attachment point for European and Japanese laboratory modules, which will be delivered in the next several months. They also moved a tower of electricity producing solar arrays to the far end of the station’s central truss and repaired a torn solar array.

To learn more about Anderson’s ISS assignment, visit the NASA International Space Station Web site, read Anderson’s in-flight journals, and view images from the ISS  available on the Expedition 15 Gallery.