Space Shuttle Atlantis touches down, piggybacked on top of one of NASA's two 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft the morning of July 3, concluding a three-day trip across the United States that began Sunday morning with a sunrise takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Stops along the way included Amarillo, Texas; Offut AFB, Nebraska; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Atlantis touched down on the concrete runway at Edwards at 12:49pm local time June 22 to conclude its 28th flight and the 250th orbital human spaceflight, after bad weather in Florida forced STS-117 to conclude at the now-backup site. It was the 51st shuttle landing in California and the 12th time Atlantis has landed there. The one-day extension (STS-117 was due to land June 21) made this Atlantis' longest flight to date.

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The vehicle is then towed to the orbiter Mate-Demate Device (MDD) where it will be dismounted and returned to the Orbiter Processing Facility: