Space Shuttle Atlantis back home safely

Posted on Thursday, Sep 21 2006 @ 16:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning.
It was the end of a 12-day mission, during which six astronauts installed a new solar-power array on the International Space Station — and faced a few minor but vexing problems along the way.

"Wheels stop," said CAPCOM Tony Antonelli, after the shuttle came to rest on the runway at 6:22 a.m. ET.

"Glad to be back. It was a great team effort, so I think assembly is off to a good start," said Atlantis' commander, Brent Jett.

This was the first flight since 2002 to deliver a sizable new component to the space station, which needs to be finished so that the shuttle fleet can be retired in 2010.
More info at ABC News.


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