Shuttle Atlantis makes its last landing

July 21st, 2011 - 8:04 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Cape Canaveral, Fla, July 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) America’s space shuttle program is getting closer to the end after 30 years. The launch of Atlantis earlier in the month marked the last time a space shuttle was sent to space.

After the assignment, Atlantis is heading back to the planet and the near-perfect weather has made things easy for the crew. A sizable crowd has gathered at the landing strip of NASA to watch the shuttle make the last descent.

The shuttle was manned by a four-crew member. The shuttle is expected to make the landing early on Thursday. The United States will bring the space shuttle program to a close after the landing of the Atlantis which is expected to touch down at exactly 5:56 am.

NASA’s Atlantis first traveled to space in 1985. The shuttle is the next-to-the youngest of the shuttles owned by NASA. It will be left to stand at the Kennedy Space Center where tourists will be given the opportunity to see it.

Atlantis was launched into space on the 8th of July. The crew did not experience any significant difficulties with the flight.

Commander Christopher Ferguson took charge of the last travel of the Atlantis. A crowd of about 2,000 have been permitted by NASA to witness the landing of Atlantis.

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