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Jet carrying shuttle Atlantis lands

world Updated: Jul 03, 2007 22:53 IST
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A jumbo jet carrying space shuttle Atlantis landed on Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center after a trip that began in California.

A modified Boeing 747 with the shuttle mounted on its back touched down on the shuttle landing strip around 8:25 am EDT (1755 IST) after taking off from a refueling stop in Kentucky.

The jet made several stops on its cross-country trip. It landed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Monday, after stops at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska and Amarillo, Texas.

Atlantis, carrying seven astranauts landed on June 2 at Edwards Air Force Base in California after a 14-day construction mission at the internatinal space station.

Bad weather at the Florida launch site forced NASA to divert to the shuttle's alternate landing site in California.