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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-21-2006 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Space shuttle Atlantis landed this morning at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, concluding a successful mission to resume construction of the International Space Station. The orbiter and six-member STS-115 crew spent a busy 12 days in space.

"It's nice to be back and was a great team effort. I think assembly is off to a good start," said Commander Brent Jett upon wheels stop.

Touchdown occurred at 5:21 a.m. CDT at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility. It was the 21st night landing for a space shuttle and the 15th night landing at the Florida spaceport.

[Edited by Robert Pearlman (September 21, 2006).]

Tom
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posted 09-21-2006 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had a real beautiful view of ISS with 6 person crew flying off the Long Island coast this morning, as Atlantis was coming in for landing at KSC.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-21-2006 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Likewise, a very bright ISS passed directly overhead at JSC this morning, just after landing. It made a great cap to an eventful (early) morning!

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posted 09-21-2006 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LoneStarScouter   Click Here to Email LoneStarScouter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got up at 5am this morning to watch the landing..Safe return was a fantastic way to start off the day..Welcome home STS 115.

music_space
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posted 09-21-2006 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Magnificent picture above. 'Tis yours, Robert?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-21-2006 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, that is a NASA photograph taken by Kim Shiflett. I was at JSC for this morning's landing.

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-21-2006 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, would you say with the new solar arrays that were added to the ISS make it significantly brighter than it was before?
It is passing over our area tomorrow morning and I am looking forward to, what I am thinking is, a much brighter ISS.

It sure has been a great couple of weeks, itís good to see NASA "back on their game"!

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It sure has been a great couple of weeks, itís good to see NASA "back on their game"!


It sure is..I watched one of the briefings from this morning and they were talking about returning to flying at night possibly as early as this next flight..Will be interesting to see what the next couple of months bring..

[Edited by LoneStarScouter (September 21, 2006).]

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