Home Sweet Home

Well, we made it. Atlantis landed here at the Shuttle Landing Facility at KSC. The official landing time was 6:53 pm EDT. Check out this video of the landing.

The trip was a blast, but it is great to see Atlantis safe and sound at home here in Florida.

Even though the trip is over, the blog’s not done yet. I got some great video and pictures from our stop in Mississippi. I actually took a quick tour of the SCA and snuck a picture of me in the pilot’s seat. I’ll have those up as soon as possible.

Check back later for the last few updates.

10 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home”

  1. My husband and I were lucky to watch the Atlantis launch from the beach at Patrick AFB and then this morning it flew over our home in San Antonio on its approach to Lackland AFB. From your blog we knew we had a chance to see it and we drove out to Lackland to watch it refuel and take off. This was my second shuttle sighting in San Antonio. Thanks for the great pictures and blog.


  3. You answered the question about flying in rain, but I’m still waiting to hear why a shuttle that can fly in the near-vacuum of low earth orbit can’t fly at an absolute pressure lower than psia while on the SCA. I’m thinking it has something to do with the lift needed to keep the 747/orbiter combo in the air, but I’d appreciate some clarification.

    Thanks again for all your updates and pictures – very exciting!

  4. Great blog. Have been following it from the start and I must say it must be an awesome feeling getting to see all of that equipment work and see the final product of a well thought out plan.

    Question: How were you chosen for the blog, is this your first or have you saw others?

  5. Dan,

    Thanks for the blog and keeping us informed about the journey home. It has been a treat to be able to see this in detail and understand at least some of what goes into such a complex mission. I can see now why NASA are so keen to get the shuttles back to KSC on re-entry!

    Looking forward to reading the rest.

    Andrew – England.

  6. What a mission! Welcome back Atlantis, thanks to Dan for the blog, and the pilots for getting the shuttle back to KSC!

  7. Thank you for such a detailed blog on how the shuttle made it back to Kennedy Space Center. It makes it feel like we were there kinda. again thanks.

  8. Dan, Thank you for your blog! I loved it! You are a lucky guy!
    What a trip for you! I am from El Paso and I went over to a park
    near Biggs to watch the shuttle come in. I must say it was a
    thrill! Happy to see you all home safe. Once again Thank you
    to NASA for inviting you to go with them and allowing you to post blogs and pictures.

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