Shuttle Atlantis Back Home
11-day mission to resupply International Space Station a success
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2009 9:09 AM CST
The International Space Station photographed from Atlantis after undocking.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts are back on Earth. The shuttle landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning, swooping through a clear sky. The touchdown ended an 11-day flight in which the astronauts spent time stockpiling the International Space Station with big spare parts.

For Nicole Stott, it's the end of a 3-month station mission. She can't wait to see her husband and 7-year-old son, and eat pizza. Fellow astronaut Randolph Bresnik has even bigger plans: to hold his newborn daughter for the first time. But he'll have to wait until Saturday—wife Rebecca stayed home in Houston with their daughter and young son.