After crushing all ill speculations, the Atlantis touched the earth safely at the Edwards Air Force Base in California at 1:19 AM on June 23, 2007. The emergence of several technical had created major hurdle and the landing of Atlantis was delayed for some time but it came back with all its crew members safe.
On Saturday, the Atlantis descended to the earth and brought to an end of Sunita Williams’s record-breaking space flight.
Sunita Williams has achieved the milestone for longest continuous stay by a woman in space when he surpassed the 188-day, four-hour.
Vithal Bhai Pandya, Sunita’s Uncle said:
We cannot express in words our joy on her return. Our hearts were throbbing with worries when we were told that Atlantis landing has been delayed last night. God came to our help and we are thankful to the almighty.
After few hours of landing, the crew walked out of the spacecraft and go for the tradition walk under and around the Atlantis. Sunita, away from sight, was on a stretcher to allow the body to get used to gravity on earth.
Despite of some initial problems, Atlantis came back safely while leaving the International Space Station. The computer failures, a tear in the heat shield-NASA did not make much of an issue but it will take couple of million dollars to send the shuttle to Florida.