Space shuttle Atlantis and the STS-125 astronauts are back to Earth this afternoon, after a busy and successful mission. With NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope serviced, the crew ended the mission at Edwards Air Force Base in California after three days of wave-offs at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida due to bad weather.
Next up for the shuttle will be a big mission for Canada when veteran astronaut Julie Payette blasts off on Endeavour to visit the International Space Station. By that time hopefully another Canadian, Robert Thirsk, will be aboard ISS to greet Payette. This will be the first time two Canadians will meet up in space. Thirsk is scheduled to liftoff on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft in a few days.
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