Touch Down for Atlantis
The touch down of space shuttle Atlantis surpassed the anticipation of the hundreds who camped out anxiously to see the great feat. Atlantis came to a landing in Cape Canaveral, Fla on July 21st after its tour of 30 years. The shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981, has ended with the completion of 135 missions. Atlantis delivered Raffaello, the multi-purpose logistics module that was packed with supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station. As well, Atlantis retrieved a failed pump unit on the return trip home. Atlantis took off 33 times and traveled over 125 million miles. The shuttle from the last launch will become a museum exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center.