Florida — Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned to Earth with a smooth touchdown Friday to end an “amazing” flight that resupplied the International Space Station.
Within a few hours of landing, the astronauts feasted on turkey and trimmings with their families.
“You go see the doc, you get a turkey dinner. It’s a pain,” commander Charles Hobaugh told reporters with a smile.
The new father on the crew, Randolph Bresnik, bolted out of NASA’s spaceport when the meal was over. He flew home to Houston a day ahead of his crewmates so he could see his newborn daughter and wife, who gave birth Saturday.