Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Atlantis Returns Home, Possibly For The Last Time

Perfect landing. Atlantis has no more scheduled flights but will be on stand by if a rescue mission becomes necessary for the final shuttle launch.

Video embedded below.

"A bittersweet moment in space history as Atlantis and her six-member crew landed at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday morning. Very likely, this was Atlantis' final landing, returning home after 25 years of service. Atlantis' rich history includes 294 days in space, 4,648 orbits and 120,650,907 miles during 32 flights. There's a chance this orbiter could fly again – she'll be readied as a rescue ship for the last scheduled shuttle mission –and many shuttle supporters feel that since Atlantis will be fully geared up, she should fly one last time. But only time (and funding and Congress) will tell if Atlantis will fly again."

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