Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Shuttle Atlantis lands safely in Florida

Landing at runway 15 the space shuttle Atlantis touched down safely at Kennedy Space Center at 14:07 GMT [09:07 local time] today. By coincidence it landed exactly 46 years to the day that John Glen blasted off into space aboard Freedom 7, the Mercury mission which took America’s first astronaut into orbit around the Earth. CNN broadcast the whole event while BBC cut away after its landing at 14:11. Sky News continued coverage for a few more minutes until 14:13 GMT. The 13 day mission, which saw the delivery of the Columbus module to the International Space Station, covered some 5.3 million miles.

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