Welcome Home, Atlantis

5 million miles later, and Atlantis has arrived home with a thud, and likely a few tears in Nasa employees' eyes.

Touching down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida early this morning, Commander Christopher Ferguson, Pilot Douglas Hurley, Mission Specialist 1 Sandra Magnus and Mission Specialist 2 Rex Walheim returned Atlantis safely home after the space shuttle program was disbanded.

While Atlantis' last mission saw them travel 5 million miles to deliver supplies to the ISS, the total figure on its odometer over its 26 year history is around the 126 million miles mark. It appears the next trip for Atlantis is much closer to home, where it will be go on show at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor center. [The Guardian]

Image Credit: Nasa


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