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STS-134: Endeavour Comes Home
06.01.11
 
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Kelly Humphries/STS-134 Descent Commentator: Approximately three miles to the landing site. And there is the runway.

Speed.

And there's a (inaudible) view of space shuttle Endeavour as it's coming in for landing.

Gear down and locked.

Main gear touchdown.

Drag chute deployed by Greg Johnson.

Forward gear touchdown.

And so after a journey of six and a half million miles, Endeavour landing in darkness, but illuminated by the ingenuity, dedication of every astronaut, scientist, engineer, flight controller, mechanic and dreamer that helped it fly.

The fleet's youngest ship completing its 122 millionth mile after its crew delivered the instrument to the International Space Station. It'll sift through the cosmic darkness for years to come.

Mark Kelly/STS-134 Commander: Houston, Endeavour wheel stop.

Barry "Butch" Willmore/CAPCOM: 122 million miles flown during 25 challenging spaceflights. Your landing ends a vibrant legacy for this amazing vehicle that will long be remembered. Welcome home Endeavour.

Mark Kelly/STS-134 Commander: Thank you, Houston. You know the space shuttle is an amazing vehicle. To fly through the atmosphere, hit it at mach 25. I mean steer through the atmosphere like an airplane, land on the runway. It is really, really an incredible ship.

On behalf of my entire crew, I want to thank every person that's worked for, to get this mission going and every person that's worked on Endeavour. It's sad to see her land for the last time, but she really has a great legacy.

Kelly Humphries/STS-134 Descent Commentator: And so the space shuttle Endeavour touching down at Kennedy Space Center on time, at 1:35 a.m. Central Time, 2:35 a.m. Eastern. Commander Mark Kelly guiding it to a very gentle touchdown on runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility.

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