STS-129 MCC Status Report #23
10 a.m. CST Friday, Nov. 27, 2009
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
HOUSTON – Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven-member crew landed Friday morning at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, winding up a successful 11-day flight to deliver heavy spare parts, other equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.
Atlantis’ main landing gear wheels touched down at 8:44:23 a.m., followed by the nose wheel at 8:44:36 a.m. The shuttle’s wheels stopped at 8:45:05 a.m. The mission duration was 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes, 13 seconds. Atlantis traveled 4,490,138 statute miles over 171 orbits.
Commander Charles Hobaugh, Pilot Barry Wilmore and Mission Specialists Leland Melvin, Randy Bresnik, Mike Foreman, Robert Satcher Jr. and Nicole Stott had near-perfect weather for their landing.
Stott is returning to Earth after 91 days in space. She spent 87 days aboard the station, 80 of them as a member of the Expedition 20 and 21 crews.
Atlantis brought to the station about 14 tons of cargo in its payload bay, including two large carriers with heavy spare parts that were stored on the station. The shuttle also carried about a ton of cargo in its crew cabin. It is bringing home about the same weight of cabin cargo from the orbiting laboratory.
The astronauts are scheduled to return to Houston base for a Monday “crew return” welcome at Ellington Field’s Hangar 990 about 4 p.m. The public is invited.
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