Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day we feature a different image or photograph
of our fascinating universe, along with a brief explanation written by a
August 12, 1995
Kennedy Space Center
Space Shuttle Atlantis
lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The Space Shuttle is the
first orbital space vehicle to land on a runway like an airplane.
sometimes have the option of landing in White Sands, New Mexico or at the
Shuttle Landing Facility
at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The runways
the shuttles land on are among the longest in the world.
Shuttles that do not
land in Florida must generally be strapped to the back of a 747 airplane and
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Authors & editors:
(MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA)
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ASD at NASA/GSFC
& Michigan Tech. U.
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