December 6, 2011
Space shuttle Atlantis' drag chute is deployed as the spacecraft rolls toward wheels stop on landing Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, concluding 11 days in space and completing the 4.5-million mile STS-129 mission. Onboard are NASA astronauts Charles O. Hobaugh, commander; Barry E. Wilmore, pilot; Mike Foreman, Leland Melvin, Robert L. Satcher Jr., Randy Bresnik and Nicole Stott, all mission specialists. Main gear touchdown was at 9:44:23 a.m. (EST) on Nov. 27, 2009. Nose gear touchdown was at 9:44:36 a.m., and wheels stop was at 9:45:05 a.m. STS-129 is the final space shuttle Expedition crew rotation flight on the manifest. The crew delivered 14 tons of cargo to the International Space Station, including two ExPRESS Logistics Carriers containing spare parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles are retired next year.
Topics: Spaceflight, STS-129, Manned spacecraft, Disaster Accident, STS-115, Space shuttle in popular culture, STS-1, Charles O. Hobaugh, Space Shuttle, Edwards Air Force Base, Barry E. Wilmore, Space Shuttle program, Human spaceflight