Touchdown! Shuttle Endeavour has successfully landed on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, concluding its mission to the International Space Station and returning the Expedition Four crew to Earth.
Unlike launches for which a "go" for liftoff can be given within minutes of changing weather conditions during the launch window, the landing site must be chosen more than an hour before touchdown, when the deorbit burn takes place. A switch in sites usually can be made up to 90 minutes prior to landing.
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