Shuttle Atlantis has arrived back home safely, following a successful mission to re-start assembly missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
The crew’s mission was to install 115-foot-long solar panels that will generate a quarter of the station’s power, tagged the most complex assembly mission in human space flight history.
**L2 STS-115 Coverage: ALL related handbooks, from Final Flight Plan to Robotics to EVA Presentations (620mb of 115 presentations downloadable).
**STS-115: LIVE COUNTDOWN AND LAUNCH Update Page** – **Flight Day 2** **Flight Day 3** **Flight Day 4 ** **Flight Day 5** **Flight Day 6** **Flight Day 7** **Flight Day 8** **Flight Day 9** **Flight Days 10-12** **RE-ENTRY AND LANDING – LIVE**
Refer to live pages for up to the second updates.
ALL STS-115 related videos – Free
Atlantis’ descent from orbit began 60 minutes prior to landing, when Commander Brent Jett was given the go-ahead fire the orbiter’s OMS engines for 160 seconds, slowly the vehicle down ahead of re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere.
The re-entry was without issue, leading to a perfect landing on runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center just after 06:21 EDT (11:21 UK).
‘Nice to be back. It was a great team effort. Assembly is off to a good start,’ said Jett.
Atlantis and her engineers also came in for praise, following the conclusion to the mission, after the crew conducted their traditional walk-around the vehicle.
‘She was great over the entire mission,’ added Jett. ‘It was really critical that she performed well – and she did. So special thanks to all the folks here for preparing Atlantis for launch.
‘The condition she is in now is a real testament to the work you’ve put in beforehand. It was a pleasure to fly her and it’s good to be home.’
Further articles will follow…
**DETERMINED STS-115 MUSIC VIDEO** –
(Video section is FREE, but you need to sign up as a member of the forum to enter the video section of the site. We only use your e-mail to send you your password. It will not be used for spam etc.)