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September 22, 2006

Atlantis is back on Earth

NSS welcomes home Atlantis' Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson and missionspecialists Joe Tanner, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Dan Burbank, and Steve MacLean after a successful mission to the International Space Station.

The Shuttle Atlantis landed on Thursday after a nearly flawless mission that brought more power to ISS after a giant set of electricity-producing solar panels were installed.

The crew came home after a 12-day journey of more than 4.9 million miles in space. The STS-115 crew succeeded in restarting the assembly of the ISS that will continue with the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery', targeted for mid-December, on the STS-116 mission to deliver an additional truss segment and a cargo module to the station. Discovery will also do extensive work on the station's electrical and cooling systems.

Posted by bsilcox at September 22, 2006 02:08 PM



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