Endeavour, Astronauts Back on Earth

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Kennedy Space Center (AP) Space officials worldwide are praising Space Shuttle Endeavour's successful mission to the international space station.

Endeavour touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last night during a rare landing in darkness.

Shuttle commander Dominic Gorie calls it a “super-rewarding mission” which he says was “exciting from the start to ending.”

Astronauts accomplished everything on their to-do list. They delivered and assembled a giant handyman robot, installed the first piece of a Japanese space lab and performed other chores at the station.

A fresh crew for the international space station arrives next month onboard a Russian spacecraft. Then shuttle discovery is to drop off the rest of Japan's Kibo lab in may.

Ten more shuttle trips to the station are scheduled over the next two years before the aging space vehicles are retired.