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heng44
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posted 02-15-2014 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Challenger lands on the runway at the Kennedy Space Center for the first time at the end of mission STS-41B. A T-38 chase plane can be seen in the background and on the horizon are Launch Complex 39 Pads A and B.

Tom
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posted 02-15-2014 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first truly "round trip" to space.

Looking at that photo again, was just thinking that the weather that day must have been marginal at best... seems very overcast and foggy.

Thanks for posting, Ed!

randy
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posted 02-15-2014 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This picture looks like they're just starting a run on the track at Bonneville Speedway.

Cozmosis22
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Indeed the weather that morning was no fun for a photographer.

Was there at the SLF and remember worrying in the early morning darkness and fog that this shuttle landing would probably be sent to California like the previous scheduled attempt.

At the end of STS-7 the planned Cape landing was waved off at de-orbit burn due to cloud cover there at the Space Coast. About an hour and a half later the skies opened up and the sun came out but by then Challenger was zooming it's way towards Edwards AFB.

Greggy_D
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That had to be an extremely surreal feeling for the STS-41B crew. Imagine looking out the cockpit window at the pad where their journey began.

Philip
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posted 02-18-2014 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remember this well, just as STS-3 (Columbia) which had to land on the White Sands landing strip in New Mexico... Some houses in Cloudcroft, NM have a logo featuring the space shuttle.

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