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Welcome home Atlantis!

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 Photo: Carla Thomas/NASA

Bad weather in Florida continued today, so the space shuttle Atlantis dropped out of the sky and landed at Edwards Air Force Base here in California at 8:39 a.m. Pacific Time. The crew of Atlantis carried out an extensive and complex upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope during a 13-day journey.

Later, Commander Scott Altman spoke for his six-member crew: “We’re all thrilled to have the mission complete and it was a testament to the teamwork and cooperation of folks all across the country.”

Meanwhile, NASA is gearing up for the next mission into space. Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to blast-off next month, June 13, on a trip to the International Space Station. 

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