July 20, 2011
The Space Shuttle Atlantis heads for touchdown on the runway at the KSC landing facility to complete a nearly 11-day journey. Astronaut Michael J. Bloomfield, mission commander, eased Atlantis to a textbook landing on runway 3-3 at the Florida spaceport at 12:27 p.m. (EDT), April 19, 2002, under clear skies and light winds. The landing completed a 4.5-million-mile mission that saw successful delivery and installation of the centerpiece of the International Space Stations main truss and the inaugural run of the first space railcar, the Mobile Transporter.
Topics: Edwards Air Force Base, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, STS-115, STS-117, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Space Shuttle, Spaceflight, Space Shuttle program