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STS-116 Post-flight Imagery
01.16.07
 
Thomas Reiter shakes hands with Robert D. Cabana+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54836 (23 Dec. 2006) --- In this scene at Ellington Field, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter (second left, foreground) shakes hands with JSC deputy director Robert D. Cabana. Reiter had just arrived from Florida, along with the STS-116 crew. He completed half a year aboard the International Space Station before departing the station with the STS-116 astronauts, who landed at the Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 22. Part of Reiter's time onboard the orbital outpost was spent with astronaut Jeffrey N. Williams, left, Expedition 13 flight engineer and NASA station science officer. ESA astronaut Gerhard Thiele is also pictured.
Joan E. Higginbotham speaks to a crowd of well-wishers+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54845 (23 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham, STS-116 mission specialist, speaks to a crowd of well-wishers at the STS-116 crew return ceremony on the afternoon of Dec. 23 at Ellington Field. Higginbotham and six crewmates briefly addressed the crowd.
Robert L. Curbeam greets a crowd of well-wishers+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54846 (23 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam Jr., STS-116 mission specialist, who broke a record with four spacewalks on the recent 13-day flight, greets a crowd of well-wishers in Hangar 276 at Ellington Field, near the Johnson Space Center. He and his six crewmates briefly addressed the crowd, approximately 24 hours after a successful landing in Florida.
William A. Oefelein greets a crowd of well-wishers+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54850 (23 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut William A. Oefelein, STS-116 pilot, greets a crowd of well-wishers in Hangar 276 at Ellington Field, near the Johnson Space Center. He and his six crewmates briefly addressed the crowd, approximately 24 hours after a successful landing in Florida.
Mark L. Polansky smiles at the large turnout of well-wishers+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54851 (23 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Mark L. Polansky, STS-116 commander, smiles at the large turnout of well-wishers at the STS-116 crew return ceremony on the afternoon of Dec. 23 at Ellington Field. Polansky and six crewmates briefly addressed the crowd.
Michael L. Coats addresses a large turnout of well-wishers at the STS-116 crew return ceremony+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54858 (23 Dec. 2006) --- Michael L. Coats, director of the Johnson Space Center, addresses a large turnout of well-wishers at the STS-116 crew return ceremony on the afternoon of Dec. 23 at Ellington Field. Coats congratulated and thanked the Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts, whose work on the International Space Station represented one of the most difficult mission tasks in NASA's history. Seated not far away from Coats on the stage were the seven astronauts who returned to Earth on Dec. 22 aboard the Discovery. They spent their first night back on Earth in Florida, near their Kennedy Space Center landing site.
Nicholas J.M. Patrick speaks to a crowd of well-wishers+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54867 (23 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Nicholas J.M. Patrick, STS-116 mission specialist, speaks to a crowd of well-wishers at the STS-116 crew return ceremony on the afternoon of Dec. 23 at Ellington Field. Patrick and six crewmates briefly addressed the crowd.
Christer Fuglesang speaks to a crowd of well-wishers+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54868 (23 Dec. 2006) --- European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang, STS-116 mission specialist, speaks to a crowd of well-wishers at the STS-116 crew return ceremony on the afternoon of Dec. 23 at Ellington Field. Fuglesang and six crewmates briefly addressed the crowd.
Thomas Reiter speaks to a crowd of well-wishers+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54869 (23 Dec. 2006) --- European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, STS-116 mission specialist, speaks to a crowd of well-wishers at the STS-116 crew return ceremony on the afternoon of Dec. 23 at Ellington Field. Reiter didn't launch with the STS-116 crew, as he had already been onboard the International Space Station for several months when Discovery arrived to link up with it on Dec. 11. Reiter and all six of his crewmates briefly addressed the crowd.
Crowd greets the returning STS-116 crew members+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54931 (23 December 2006) --- Inside Hangar 276 at Ellington Field, a large crowd greets the returning STS-116 crewmembers on Dec. 23, 2006, a little under 24 hours after they landed in Florida aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Part of NASA's T-38 trainer jet fleet is visible in the background.