Last space shuttle comes home, ends 30-year era

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - (AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis is back onEarth, and the shuttle era is over.

Atlantis and its four astronauts glided through the twilightThursday and landed in Florida shortly before sunrise.

Hundreds gathered near the runway to welcome Atlantis home - andto bid NASA's 30-year space shuttle program goodbye.

Atlantis' successful space station restocking mission closed outthe shuttle era.

This was a true homecoming for Atlantis. The next-to-youngestshuttle will remain at Kennedy Space Center and be put on display.

NASA's next stop with astronauts will be an asteroid, then Mars.Private companies will take over trips to the International SpaceStation.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Here is the latest weather forecast in your 1 Westchester Evening Weather, 4-23
A Rockaway Township police officer is facing charges 2 Morris County officer faces sexual assault charges
The trailer is filled with artifacts and videos 3 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit stops in in Mahwah
Penn State revokes Beta Theta Pi fraternity charter 4 Penn State revokes fraternity charter following death of NJ student
VIDEO: CPR app 5 VIDEO: CPR app

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE