Endeavour touches down at Kennedy
Shuttle home following 'outstanding mission'
Shuttle Launch Integration Manager Mike Moses praised the crew's "outstanding job" of mating the Tranquility node and seven-windowed cupola to the ISS, enthusing: "It was an outstanding mission - I can't be happier with the success we had and look forward to repeating that on our next mission."
Astronauts Bob Behnken and British-born Nicholas Patrick conducted three spacewalks during the mission, racking up a total of 18 hours, 14 minutes outside the orbiting outpost
Ther next shuttle trip to the ISS is Discovery's STS-131, slated to lift off on 5 April carrying "a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks".
One down, 4 to go
I went outside to hear the BOOM-BOOM of our orbital Model-T as it flew just south of Orlando.
You wouldn't believe the bitching in the local paper and the grandstanding of the local politicians about jobs... or maybe you would... I appear to be the only one that realizes Obama's plan to encourage building an actual infrastructure for going to space is a good idea, instead of EVERYTHING being a huge government-funded one-off mission/program. The Frogs made a good start with Ariane, and we need to do a program that's completely commercial.
My fingers are crossed for SpaceX.