The Shuttle Atlantis Is Back On Earth

December 22, 2008 2:14:17 PM PST
NASA wanted Atlantis back as soon as possible to clear the way for the navy to shoot down a dying space satelliteThe Shuttle touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral just after 6:00am on Wednesday after a two week mission on the international space station. Crews installed a European science lab.

NASA wanted Atlantis back as soon as possible to clear the way for the navy to shoot down a dying space satellite.

Officials said it would have been dangerous for the shuttle to descend through any debris field generated by the shoot-down.


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