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The shuttle carrier aircraft with the Atlantis on its back is towed under the mate/demate device where the orbiter will be detached and lowered onto a transporter before being towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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The shuttle carrier aircraft and its piggyback passenger Atlantis kick up dust at touchdown on the Shuttle Landing Facility runway in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley
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After a three-day trip from California, the shuttle carrier aircraft and its piggyback passenger Atlantis fly over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before landing on the Shuttle Landing Facility runway. Photo credit: NASA/Ken Thornsley
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Following its landing in California, the Space Shuttle Atlantis receives post-flight servicing in the mate-demate device. The gantry-like structure is used for preparing the orbiters for ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is here that Atlantis will be mounted atop NASA’s modified Boeing 747 for the flight. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Thomas
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Accompanied by a convoy of recovery vehicles, the Space Shuttle Atlantis is towed up the taxiway at NASA Dryden following its landing. Photo courtesy of NASA/Tom Tschida
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Dryden Flight Research Center Director Kevin Petersen (left) greets the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis at Edwards Air Force Base. The astronauts are, left to right, Commander Frederick Sturckow, Pilot Lee Archambault, and Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, Steven Swanson and John D. Olivas. Photo courtesy of NASA/Tony Landis
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In the firing room at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, (right to left) Angie Brewer, NASA space shuttle Atlantis flow manager, Doug Lyons, assistant launch director and Michael Leinbach, shuttle launch director watch on NASA TV the space shuttle Atlantis ending the STS-117 mission by landing safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Touchdown was at 3:49:38 EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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The Space Shuttle Atlantis' drag chute deploys as it rolls out on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base at the conclusion of mission STS-117. Photo credit: NASA/Tom Tschida
Space Shuttle Atlantis rolls down the runway.+ View High-res
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The Space Shuttle Atlantis starts to deploy its drag chute as it rolls to a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Photo credit: NASA/Carla Thomas
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The Space Shuttle Atlantis touches down at Edwards Air Force Base to conclude International Space Station construction and supply mission STS-117. Photo credit: NASA/ Tony Landis