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The deorbit burn has just been completed, Atlantis will be home at KSC at 5:57AM EDT.

Safe re-entry Atlantis.

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Just about to cross South America 1400 miles til touchdown, making a fiery trail down from the heavens. 7 minutes til touchdown.

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An astronouat viewing out of the Cupola of the ISS was able to see Altantis' fire trail as it re-enters.

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10 minutes 280 miles til touchdown.

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Mach 6. 200 ft/sec descent rate.

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44500 viewers on Ustream Nasa TV

Still dark down in Florida, buts its pretty bright up here.

6.5 minutes out at MACH 2.5 69 miles out ISS just passed over KSC

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Tally ho have visual with infra red cameras, just a dot.
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Double sonic booms heard as Atlantis goes sub sonic for teh last time.
3.5 minutes, COmmander flying.
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Pilot now taking soem stick time as Atlantis comes around for approach.

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Field in sight.

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1 minute til touchdown

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All gear down on the tarmac.

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Wheelstop.

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APU's still chugging away, before being shut down for the last time.

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End of an era. Start of something new to come.

Pretty neat watching the pilots perspective...descent rate 7 times that of a commercial airliner.

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I like the evil red glow of the cockpit against the dawn sky, while they wait for APU shutdown.

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Words between CAPCOM and Crew
Fergy - "Mission complete Houston. After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has found its place in history, and it's come to a final stop."
Butch - "We copy your wheels stop and we'll take this opportunity to congratulate you Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space faring nation, who truly empower this incredible spacecraft which for three decades have inspired millions around the globe. Job well done America."
Fergy - "Hey thanks Butch. Great words, great words. You know the Space Shuttle's changed the way we view the world and it's changed the way we view our universe. There's a lot of emotion today, but one thing's indisputable - America's not gonna stop exploring. Thank you Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour, and our ship Atlantis. Thank you for protecting us and bringing this program to such a fitting end. God bless all of you, God bless the United States of America."
Butch - "Inspiring words comments, Atlantis. We'll meet you on 5-3."

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Aux. Power Unit shut down for the last time, the hydaulic lifeblood of the Shuttle pumps no more.

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All crew members have now exitted Atlantis.

Sad.

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Crew now have their feet on the ground. All are well.

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