Launch and Landing

    Mission: STS-129
    Orbiter: Atlantis
    Primary Payload:ELC 1 and 2, Control Moment Gyroscopes
    Launched: Nov. 16
    Launch Time: 2:28 p.m. EST
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Landing: Nov. 27 - 9:44 a.m. EST
    Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
    Mission Duration: 11 days
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Atlantis Delivers Necessary Supplies to the ISS
    Space shuttle Atlantis roared into a bright-blue sky from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:28 p.m. EST Nov. 16 for its destination -- the International Space Station. Atlantis launches on the STS-129 mission

    Image above: With nearly 7 million pounds of thrust generated by twin solid rocket boosters and three main engines, space shuttle Atlantis roars into the blue skies over Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Tom Farrar and Tony Gray
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    Secured inside the shuttle's payload bay were nearly 30,000 pounds of replacement parts and equipment that would keep the station supplied for several years to come.

    Six STS-129 astronauts were aboard -- Commander Charles O. Hobaugh, Pilot Barry E. Wilmore, Mission Specialists Leland Melvin, Mike Foreman, Robert L. Satcher Jr. and Randy Bresnik.

    After a two-day chase, Atlantis docked with the station. Once the hatches between the two spacecraft were opened, Expedition 21 Flight Engineer Nicole Stott joined the STS-129 crew as mission specialist. Stott is the last NASA astronaut to be transported to or from the space station by a space shuttle. Also, while Bresnik was aboard the orbiting laboratory, his wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Earth.

    Three demanding but successful spacewalks later, the Atlantis crew said their farewells to the station crew and began the two-day journey back home. Atlantis lands ending mission STS-129

    Image above: The drag chute unfurls to slow space shuttle Atlantis for landing on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida completing the STS-129 mission. Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph
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    The crew spent their last full day in space preparing for landing and enjoying a surprise Thanksgiving dinner compliments of the Expedition 21 crew, packed aboard Atlantis before undocking.

    Florida weather cooperated again and the Mission Control Center in Houston gave Atlantis the "go" for deorbit burn for the first landing opportunity.

    Atlantis and its crew of seven made a picture-perfect touchdown on runway 33 at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility at 9:44 a.m. EST Nov. 27.

    A remarkably complex supply mission was completed after traveling more than 4.5 million miles and almost 11 days in space.

Shuttle Features

Mission STS-129: Delivering the Goods

Spacewalking Randy Bresnik

A flawless launch and landing highlighted an active and dynamic mission to keep the space station supplied for several years to come.

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Astronaut Stott's Journey Home Marks a First and a Last

Astronaut Nicole Stott during spacewalk.

When the wheels of space shuttle Atlantis touch down to end the STS-129 mission, astronaut Nicole Stott will complete both a first and a last.

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Earhart's Scarf to Fly Again

The STS-129 mission patch

A scarf from famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart leads the inventory of commemoratve items for the STS-129 crew.

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Mission Statistics

    Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, 09:44a.m. EST
    Landing Site:
    Kennedy Space Center, Florida

    Mission Elapsed Time:
    10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes, 13 seconds

    Official Landing Times
    Main gear touchdown:
    9:44:23 a.m. EST
    Nose gear touchdown:
    9:44:36 a.m. EST
    Wheels stop:
    9:45:05 a.m. EST
    Total miles:
    more than 4.5 million

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