The Space Shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards air force base, California, on 24 October, ending the successful STS 94 International Space Station (ISS) assembly mission. STS 94's landing was the first at Edwards since STS 76 in 1996. The first ISS expedition crew was due to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on a Soyuz TM spacecraft on 30 October.

The next Space Shuttle mission, STS 97 Endeavour, will be launched on 30 November to erect the first US solar arrays on the ISS Z-1 Truss which arrived on STS 94.

Source: Flight International