Space Shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned to Earth with a smooth touchdown this morning (Friday) to end an 11-day flight that resupplied the International Space Station.
With lots of sunshine, the shuttle swooped through the clear sky and landed on the runway right on time. Mission Control said no one could remember such welcoming conditions; there were no clouds in sight for Atlantis’ mid morning arrival, and the temperature was in the 50s.
This was Atlantis’ next-to-last mission. Only five shuttle flights remain, all to the space station next year. Station construction will essentially end at that point, so NASA used the trip to send up as many hefty spare parts as possible. NASA’s next shuttle flight is in February. Endeavour will deliver a full-fledged module to the space station, complete with a cupola for prime Earth gazing with a domed chamber that has seven windows.
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This post was written by Cyndi Kahlbaum on November 27, 2009