Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands for Final Time

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed Wednesday morning at Florida's Kennedy Space Center from what could be its last mission in space.

The shuttle's return marked the end of 25 years of service for Atlantis and brought its accumulated travel to a grand total of 120,650,907 miles traveled in space.

"And Houston, Atlantis, we have wheels stopped," commander Kenneth Ham radioed after Atlantis rolled to a stop at 8:48 am. EDT.

Click here to view footage of Atlantis' Tuesday morning landing.

"For you and your crew, that was a suiting end to an incredible mission," astronaut Charles Hobaugh replied from mission control. "I'm sure the station crew members hated to see you leave, but we're glad to have you back. You guys executed flawlessly and not only that, you had a great time doing it. That was very evident from the ground. Everybody down here really enjoyed working with you."

During the 12-day re-supply mission, astronauts added a new compartment to the International Space Station along with some fresh batteries.

"We've got a new antenna on the space station, a new six-pack of batteries, a new module docked to the station, and generally have defeated the forces of evil, so we're very happy about how things have gone," astronaut Garrett Reisman told Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert when the comedienne called to chat Tuesday.

Only two shuttle missions remain, by NASA's two other spaceships. NASA would like to send Atlantis up again, but for now, the White House has said no.

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