Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center this morning closing out 30 years of Space Shuttle Flights.
We were right on the northern end of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) in a gloomy pre-dawn darkness when we heard the twin sonic booms as the Space Shuttle decelerated and passed the sound barrier. Immediately after we could hear an eerie whispering, rushing sound as the Space Shuttle started it’s terminal loop.
All this time Atlantis was in the dark and we couldn’t locate it by sound. So we kept out eyes peeled on the Xenon lights at the end of the runway waiting for the first sighting of Atlantis on her final voyage.
The whispering suddenly became a roar and with no warning Space Shuttle Atlantis appeared out of the gloom into the bright lights illuminating the Shuttle Landing facility. As she raced down the runway and the wheels touched down a big puff of smoke rose into the sky.
Atlantis was back from her resupply mission to the ISS, closing out 30 years of Space history. We will never see another Shuttle launch, fly or land again!!!
Farewell Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour.