Space Shuttle Atlantis landed safely at NASA's Kennedy Space Center today, after a two week stay in space. Atlantis' STS-122 mission was to put the ESA's Columbus space station module into orbit and dock it with the International Space Station. According to NASA, the mission went "very well". Among the astronauts of STS-122 were Commander Steve Frick, Pilot Alan Poindexter, Mission Specialists Leland Melvin, Rex Walheim, Stanley Love, Dan Tani and ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel.
Image courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls.
"The station missions now are so busy ... It's been a tremendous experience. We were very excited and pleased to bring Columbus to the International Space Station."
Here is a video of STS-122's final approach and landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, viewed both from the ground and from Atlantis.
Video courtesy of NASA.