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Space Shuttle Lands in Florida at 5:56 AM ET [Update]

Jul 21 2011, 4:44am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Space Shuttle Lands in Florida at 5:56 AM ET

The last Space Shuttle Mission is about to end now.

Space Shuttle Atlantis has left the orbit and is landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:56am Eastern Standard Time. This is very last Shuttle Mission for NASA. Atlantis has been in space for about 12 days. Atlantis launched into space on July 8 to dock at the ISS. Space Shuttle Atlantis was carrying a crew of four and the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing supplies and spare parts for the space station. The STS-135 astronauts are: Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.

With the end of the Shuttle missions it will get much harder to get stuff up and from the ISS. NASA will need a new key mission to stay relevant. Other countries and especially private Space companies are set to take the lead in Space exploration.

You can watch the landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis live on the NASA homepage now.

Update:
That's it folks. The Space Shuttle has landed for the last time. It is over. 30 years of Space Shuttle missions are now history.

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