Space shuttle Atlantis lands home safely (video)


Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned to Earth safely on Friday at 9:44 a.m. ET after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station.

Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral after stocking the orbiting laboratory with nearly 14,000kg (30,000lbs) of spare parts, including a pair of gyroscopes, thermal control system components and robot arm gear.

During the mission, the crew celebrated Thanksgiving while they prepared for landing. They dined on smoked turkey, green beans, mushrooms, cornbread dressing and candied yams, according to NASA.

Five more shuttle missions are scheduled before NASA retires the program in September 2010 to make way for the next generation of manned U.S. spacecraft.


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