September 2005 
Volume 04, Issue 5 
Cover Story

Returne to Flight

Returned to flight

A light appeared high in the early morning sky over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Aug. 9. Faint at first, it grew brighter as it slowly descended through the predawn darkness.

That light came from Space Shuttle Discovery during its return to Earth. The approaching, intensifying light not only signified the descent of the shuttle before the spacecraft smoothly landed on an Edwards runway, but it served as a metaphor for the Boeing teammates who worked on the shuttle. It was the light at the end of their two-plus years of work.


While the Space Shuttle team spent more than two years preparing for the Return to Flight, Boeing International Space Station workers were also busy.



About 1,800 Boeing employees work on the shuttle and related programs. Here are the perspectives of two of them—in their own words—as they viewed different parts of the STS-114 mission.



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