Final Nasa space shuttle lands

2011-07-21 12:27
Space Shuttle Atlantis comes to a complete stop at the Kennedy Space Centre landing strip at Cape Canaveral. (Terry Renna, AP)

Space Shuttle Atlantis comes to a complete stop at the Kennedy Space Centre landing strip at Cape Canaveral. (Terry Renna, AP)

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Cape Town - Space shuttle Atlantis has landed at Kennedy Space Centre on Thursday, ending the Nasa shuttle programme.

The shuttle completed it final supply mission to the International Space Station and landed earlier than scheduled.

Many Nasa employees were emotional at the final landing of the shuttle which began 30 years ago.

Two shuttles, including crew, were lost over the period of the programme.

US President Barack Obama has said that Nasa should focus on further goals of sending people to Mars and in the meantime, private companies should develop the ability to send rockets into low earth orbit.

It will cost the US about $50m per seat to send astronauts to the ISS via the Soyuz rocket programme.

Hundreds welcomed the shuttle which will go on display following its decommissioning.


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