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The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed safely at the Kennedy Space Center after completing its mission to the International Space Station.
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns
News story originally written on May 30, 2000

It took much longer than NASA had hoped, but the Space Shuttle Atlantis finally made it to the International Space Station (ISS) this past week. Many delays kept Atlantis grounded and the ISS in need of repairs. Scientists are excited after the 10 day mission was completed with a landing at Kennedy Space Center.

Why are scientists so excited about the space station? The important service module should arrive this summer, which means astronauts will soon stay on the station. This mission's goal was to prepare the ISS for the module. The orbit was corrected and repairs were made. The next step is to add the service module made by Russia.

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