(I replaced the photo with this video as the latter is wa-a-a-aay cooler. Watch!)
As you likely already know, that big ass noise (that completely freaked the dog out) was made by the Space Shuttle Discovery when it entered the atmosphere at Edwards Air Force base after completing a trip to deliver supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.
According to NASA, the mission lasted 14 days and covered 5.7 million miles.
Discovery was originally scheduled to land in Florida but was rerouted to us because FLA had non-felicitous weather.
(By the way, I notice that I got the correct news on Twitter way quicker than the same material showed up on the wires.)
And speaking of wires, here is an important fact on the mission from the AP story on the landing:
The shuttle dropped off tons of supplies and equipment, including a $5 million treadmill named after Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. That was his consolation prize after pushing for naming rights to a new space station room. NASA chose Tranquility for the yet-to-be-launched room, even though Colbert won the online vote.
Okay, back to our regularly scheduled and slightly more sensible reporting.