Atlantis touches down safely at the Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit/NASA TV
Atlantis is back.
The orbiter touched down at NASA's Kennedy Space Center as scheduled at 5:57 a.m. EDT, with commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley at the controls.
Ferguson, Hurley and mission specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim are expected to meet with Kennedy Space Center shuttle program workers later today. On Friday, they will join a traditional crew return ceremony at Ellington Field in Houston, hosted by NASA's Johnson Space Center.
The 13-day flight mission brings a triumphant end to NASA's 30-year shuttle program after 135 missions. Atlantis carried out 33 of the missions.