UT Briefs: Shuttle Lands, Re-living Phoenix

by Nancy Atkinson on May 24, 2009

Atlantis touches down in California.  Credit: NASA

Atlantis touches down in California. Credit: NASA

Space Shuttle Lands

Space shuttle Atlantis landed safely in California on Sunday morning after “dynamic and unpredictable” weather kept the orbiter from returning to Florida. Atlantis touched down on runway 22 of Edwards Air Force Base at 11:39 am EDT (1539 GMT) Sunday, the first of two opportunities to land the shuttle in California. Atlantis spent nearly 13 days in orbit on the STS-125 mission, successfully repairing and upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope during a series of five spacewalks. Atlantis will be ferried to Kennedy Space Center on top of a modified 747 in about a week. Next shuttle mission: STS-127, slated for liftoff on June 13, on a trip to the International Space Station.


Remembering Phoenix

Do you remember what you were doing a year ago? You may recall the Phoenix Mars lander touched down on the Red Planet a year ago, and if you were on Twitter back then, you could follow the spacecraft’s progress via the fledgling social networking device. The “voice” of Phoenix’s Twitter account, Veronica McGregor, is re-living the events of a year ago by re-posting her “Tweets” in real time as they were written a year ago. It is a fun way to stroll down memory lane.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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