Friday, June 22, 2007

Welcome to the Runway California!


The Shuttle Atlantis returned today from its STS-117 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), landing in California as bad weather continued to preclude a Florida landing. Sunita Williams returned from her record breaking six month stay on ISS as Clayton Anderson remained to take her place.

While having to repair a thermal blanket on the Shuttle and deal with the ISS's finicky computers' spasms, the mission accomplished its primary goal of installing and initiating operations of another set of truss segments and solar arrays. With this task complete, the ISS is finally starting to appear like the final design we've seen for many years in illustrations. This was also observed by others including Keith Cowing and A Babe in the Universe.

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