Atlantis shuttle returns safely to FloridaFebruary 20th, 2008 - 10:42 pm ICT by admin
Washinton, Feb 20 (DPA) Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down safely at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Wednesday morning after a near 13-day mission to the International Space Station. “We appreciate all the great help and support,” Commander Steve Frick told NASA’s mission control in Houston after the shuttle came to a stop at 9:08 a.m. (1408 GMT).
Frick and his six crewmembers returned to Earth after bringing up and installing the Columbus laboratory on the ISS - Europe’s most significant contribution to the space station so far.
Also returning to Earth Wednesday was Daniel Toni, a US astronaut who spent four months on board the ISS. Leopold Eyharts, a French astronaut who came up with Atlantis Feb 7, took Toni’s place on the station.
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