Space shuttle Atlantis lands for final time

(AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis is back onEarth, and its flying career is over.

Atlantis and its six-man crew landed at Florida's Kennedy SpaceCenter on Wednesday morning. It marked the end of Atlantis' 25years of service. Only two shuttle missions remain, by NASA's twoother spaceships. The space agency would like Atlantis to return tothe International Space Station next June. But that's not in thecards unless the White House grants a reprieve.

The space station construction mission boosted Atlantis' mileageto just over 120 million miles, accumulated over 32 flights. It wasa successful last ride for Atlantis. The shuttle and its astronautsleft the outpost bigger and more powerful, adding a new compartmentand fresh batteries.

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