Saturday, November 28, 2009

Atlantis lands on Friday

Deploying the drag chute

Shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop early Friday morning while millions of shoppers began Black Friday madness. With the end of STS-129, there are five scheduled shuttle flights remaining to be completed in 2010 before the shuttle series ends.

Notable for this mission was the sheer volume of supplies and spare parts delivered to ISS and stored for future use. Also, during the mission astronaut Randy Bresnik became father to a baby girl born just after his spacewalk. Astronaut Nicolle Stott returned from a three month stay on the ISS. She will be the last ISS astronaut to be transported to/from the ISS on the shuttle, from now on ISS crew will exclusively use the Russian Soyuz spacecraft until someone invents a new American system.

Whether NASA or a private company gets there first is anyone's guess at this point.

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