Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center, ending U.S. shuttle program
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. space shuttle Atlantis landed safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday morning, marking the end of the 30-year U.S. space shuttle program.
According to NASA TV, Atlantis touched down at 5:56 a.m. EDT (0956 GMT) after a 13-day service mission to the International Space Station.
With safe return, Atlantis releases era's burden
BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- As soon as Atlantis landed safely at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, America's space shuttles became a memory that will enjoy a large chapter in scientific history.
America's space program, loaded with success but troubled by financing shortages, has been relieved of its massive budget burden after the 30-year shuttle era came to a close with the Atlantis landing.
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