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B-52 at Hickam 1, US Air Force Photo

B-52 at Hickam 1, US Air Force Photo

NARA RG 342-B Records of USAF..B-52, April 68, 22nd BW, Hickam, enroute SEA

A left front view of an F-4E Phantom II aircraft, with a drag chute deployed during landing, taxiing in during exercise Brim Frost '81

A left front view of an F-4E Phantom II aircraft, with a drag chute de...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: BRIM FROST '81 Base: Elmendorf Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operat... More

A left side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft as its drag chute is released upon landing during Operation Gunsmoke '81

A left side view of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft as its drag chute is re...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: GUNSMOKE '81 Base: Nellis Air Force Base State: Nevada (NV) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: M... More

The drag chute is open on the Air National Guard RF-4C Phantom II aircraft as it touches down on the runway during Exercise PHOTO FINISH '81

The drag chute is open on the Air National Guard RF-4C Phantom II airc...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: PHOTO FINISH '81 Base: Gulfport Air National Guard Base State: Mississippi (MS) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scen... More

View of a Russian MiG-29 fighter landing with drag chute deployed after demonstrating for participants at the Abbotsford Air Show. Exact Date Shot Unknown

View of a Russian MiG-29 fighter landing with drag chute deployed afte...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: British Columbia (BC) Country: Canada (CAN) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Pat Nugent Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service ... More

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the orbiter to remain in space for up to 28 days.Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-0768

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of th...

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the ... More

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the orbiter to remain in space for up to 28 days. Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-0769

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of th...

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the or... More

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour, rolls out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the orbiter to remain in space for up to 28 days. Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-0764

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour, rolls out of the hangar a...

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour, rolls out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the orbiter to... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the orbiter Discovery touches down on Runway 15 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to complete the STS-91 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 2:00:18 p.m. EDT on June 12, 1998, landing on orbit 155 of the mission. The wheels stopped at 2:01:22 p.m. EDT, for a total mission-elapsed time of 9 days, 19 hours, 55 minutes and 1 second. The 91st Shuttle mission was the 44th KSC landing in the history of the Space Shuttle program and the 15th consecutive landing at KSC. During the mission, the orbiter docked with the Russian space station Mir for the ninth time, concluding Phase I of the joint U.S.-Russian International Space Station Program. STS-91 also featured first flights for both the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and the Space Shuttle super lightweight external tank. The STS-91 flight crew included Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt; Pilot Dominic L. Gorie; and Mission Specialists Wendy B. Lawrence, Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, Janet Lynn Kavandi and Valery Victorovitch Ryumin of the Russian Space Agency. Astronaut Andrew S. W. Thomas also returned to Earth from Mir as an STS-91 crew member after 141 days in space KSC-98dc737

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the orbite...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the orbiter Discovery touches down on Runway 15 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to complete the STS-91 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 2:00:18 p... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia, with its drag chute deployed, touches down on runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility after a successful mission of nearly five days and 1.8 million miles. Main gear touchdown was at 11:20:35 p.m. EDT on July 27. Aboard are the STS-93 crew members: Commander Eileen M. Collins, Pilot Jeffrey S. Ashby, and Mission Specialists Steven A. Hawley (Ph.D.), Catherine G. Coleman (Ph.D.) and Michel Tognini of France, with the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). The mission's primary objective was to deploy the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which will allow scientists from around the world to study some of the most distant, powerful and dynamic objects in the universe. This was the 95th flight in the Space Shuttle program and the 26th for Columbia. The landing was the 19th consecutive Shuttle landing in Florida and the 12th night landing in Shuttle program history KSC-99pp0983

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia, with...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia, with its drag chute deployed, touches down on runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility after a successful mission of nearly five days and 1.8 m... More

With its drag chute deployed, orbiter Discovery and its seven-member crew roll toward a stop at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main landing gear touched down on EAFB runway 22 at 5 p.m. With the aid of its drag chute, Discovery came to a complete stop at 5:01 p.m. At the conclusion of mission STS-92, Discovery and crew had traveled about 5.3 million statute miles. Following vehicle safing and preliminary offloading efforts, workers will begin preparations for Discovery’s transcontinental ferry flight back to KSC on the back of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 KSC-00pp1669

With its drag chute deployed, orbiter Discovery and its seven-member c...

With its drag chute deployed, orbiter Discovery and its seven-member crew roll toward a stop at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main lan... More

EDWARDS AFB, CALIF. -- After traveling 5.8 million miles in space during 217 orbits, and with drag chute deployed, Endeavour lands on concrete runway 22 at Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., completing mission STS-111.  Three days of unfavorable weather conditions at KSC prompted the decision to land at Edwards, which enjoyed pristine, dry conditions..  Main gear touchdown occurred at 1:57:41 p.m EDT, nose gear touchdown at 1:57:53 p.m. EDT and wheel stop at 1:58:45 p.m. EDT.  [Photo by Jim Ross KSC-02pd1029

EDWARDS AFB, CALIF. -- After traveling 5.8 million miles in space duri...

EDWARDS AFB, CALIF. -- After traveling 5.8 million miles in space during 217 orbits, and with drag chute deployed, Endeavour lands on concrete runway 22 at Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base,... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A drag chute slows Atlantis after touchdown on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility, completing the 4.5-million-mile journey to the International Space Station.  Main gear touchdown occurred at 11:43:40 a.m. EDT; nose gear touchdown at 11:43:48 a.m.; and wheel stop at 11:44:35 a.m.  Mission elapsed time was 10:19:58:44.  Mission STS-112 expanded the size of the Station with the addition of the S1 truss segment.  The returning crew of Atlantis are Commander Jeffrey Ashby, Pilot Pamela Melroy, and Mission Specialists David Wolf, Piers Sellers, Sandra Magnus and Fyodor Yurchikhin. This landing is the 60th at KSC in the history of the Shuttle program. KSC-02pp1598

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A drag chute slows Atlantis after touchdo...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A drag chute slows Atlantis after touchdown on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility, completing the 4.5-million-mile journey to the International Space Station. Main gear touc... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space shuttle Discovery helps slow its smooth landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 15-day mission STS-120.  Main gear touchdown was 1:01:16 p.m.  Wheel stop was at 1:02:07 p.m.  Mission elapsed time was 15 days, 2 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds. The STS-120 crew continued the construction of the station with the installation of the Harmony Node 2 module and the relocation of the P6 truss. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd3159

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space shu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space shuttle Discovery helps slow its smooth landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 15-... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed behind space shuttle Discovery to help slow its landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 1:01 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, completing the 15-day mission STS-120.  Main gear touchdown was 1:01:16 p.m.  Wheel stop was at 1:02:07 p.m.  Mission elapsed time was 15 days, 2 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds. The STS-120 crew continued the construction of the station with the installation of the Harmony Node 2 module and the relocation of the P6 truss. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd3157

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed behind space ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed behind space shuttle Discovery to help slow its landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 1:01 p.m. EST on N... More

Belgium ground crewmen reload a drag chute onto a US Air Force F-4G Phantom II Advanced Wild Weasel aircraft during a joint service exercise

Belgium ground crewmen reload a drag chute onto a US Air Force F-4G Ph...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bierset Air Base Country: Belgium (BEL) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Fernando Serna Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service D... More

Aviation Structural Mechanic S (Structures) 2nd Class Craig Valoris and Aviation Electronics Technician AIRMAN (ATAN) Jeffery Bauder pack a drag chute into an ERA-3B Skywarrior aircraft during the US 3rd Fleet North Pacific Exercise (NORPACEX).  The joint Air Force and Navy exercise not only provides training for fighter pilots and tactical controllers, but also tests the ability of those services to operate together for the defense of Alaska

Aviation Structural Mechanic S (Structures) 2nd Class Craig Valoris an...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Elmendorf Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT W. Thornton Release Status: Relea... More

STS-65 Columbia, OV-102, with drag chute deployed lands at KSC SLF

STS-65 Columbia, OV-102, with drag chute deployed lands at KSC SLF

The Space Shuttle Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, its drag chute fully deployed, completes a record duration mission as it lands on Runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF)... More

STS-77 landing view. NASA public domain image. Kennedy space center.

STS-77 landing view. NASA public domain image. Kennedy space center.

STS077-S-012 (29 May 1996) --- As its drag chute is released on Runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the Space Shuttle Endeavour marks its return to Earth following a ten-day mission in space. Touchdow... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 on the second opportunity at 9:22:44 a.m. EST Jan. 22 to conclude the fifth Shuttle-Mir docking mission and return NASA astronaut John Blaha to Earth after four months in space. At main gear touchdown, the STS-81 mission duration was 10 days, 4 hours, 55 minutes. This was the 34th KSC landing in Shuttle history. Mission Commander Michael A. Baker flew Atlantis to a perfect landing, with help from Pilot Brent W. Jett, Jr. Other returning STS-81 crew members are Mission Specialists John M.Grunsfeld, Peter J. K. "Jeff" Wisoff and Marsha S. Ivins. Atlantis also brought back experiment samples from the Russian space station Mir for analysis on Earth, along with Russian logistics equipment KSC-97pc191

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the Space ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 on the second opportunity at 9:22:44 a.m. EST Jan. 22 to conclude the fifth Shuttle-Mir d... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle  Orbiter Columbia touches down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at  6:46:34 a.m. EDT  with Mission Commander  James D. Halsell Jr. and Pilot Susan L.  Still at the controls to complete the STS-94 mission. Also on board are Mission Specialist  Donald A. Thomas, Mission Specialist Michael L. Gernhardt , Payload Commander  Janice Voss, and Payload Specialists Roger  K.  Crouch and Gregory T. Linteris. Mission  elapsed time for STS-94 was 15 days,16 hours, 44 seconds. During the Microgravity  Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission, the Spacelab module was used to test some of the  hardware, facilities and procedures that are planned for use on the International Space  Station while the flight crew conducted combustion, protein crystal growth and materials  processing experiments. This mission was a reflight of  the STS-83 mission that lifted off   from KSC in April of this year. That space flight was cut short due to indications of a  faulty fuel cell. This was Columbia’s 11th landing at KSC and the 38th landing at the  space center in the history of the Shuttle program KSC-97PC1051

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the Space ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia touches down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 6:46:34 a.m. EDT with Mission Commander James D.... More

A flock of birds takes flight as the orbiter Columbia, with its drag chute deployed, touches down on Runway 33 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to complete the nearly 16-day STS-90 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 12:08:59 p.m. EDT on May 3, 1998, landing on orbit 256 of the mission. The wheels stopped at 12:09:58 EDT, completing a total mission time of 15 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes and 58 seconds. The 90th Shuttle mission was Columbia's 13th landing at the space center and the 43rd KSC landing in the history of the Space Shuttle program. During the mission, the crew conducted research to contribute to a better understanding of the human nervous system. The crew of the STS-90 Neurolab mission include Commander Richard Searfoss; Pilot Scott Altman; Mission Specialists Richard Linnehan, D.V.M., Dafydd (Dave) Williams, M.D., with the Canadian Space Agency, and Kathryn (Kay) Hire; and Payload Specialists Jay Buckey, M.D., and James Pawelczyk, Ph.D KSC-98pc567

A flock of birds takes flight as the orbiter Columbia, with its drag c...

A flock of birds takes flight as the orbiter Columbia, with its drag chute deployed, touches down on Runway 33 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to complete the nearly 16-day STS-90 mission. Main gear touchdown... More

With its drag chute deployed, the orbiter Columbia touches down on Runway 33 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to complete the nearly 16-day STS-90 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 12:08:59 p.m. EDT on May 3, 1998, landing on orbit 256 of the mission. The wheels stopped at 12:09:58 EDT, completing a total mission time of 15 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes and 58 seconds. The 90th Shuttle mission was Columbia's 13th landing at the space center and the 43rd KSC landing in the history of the Space Shuttle program. During the mission, the crew conducted research to contribute to a better understanding of the human nervous system. The crew of the STS-90 Neurolab mission include Commander Richard Searfoss; Pilot Scott Altman; Mission Specialists Richard Linnehan, D.V.M., Dafydd (Dave) Williams, M.D., with the Canadian Space Agency, and Kathryn (Kay) Hire; and Payload Specialists Jay Buckey, M.D., and James Pawelczyk, Ph.D KSC-98pc566

With its drag chute deployed, the orbiter Columbia touches down on Run...

With its drag chute deployed, the orbiter Columbia touches down on Runway 33 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to complete the nearly 16-day STS-90 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 12:08:59 p.m. EDT on May 3... More

Right side front view medium long aerial shot as a US Air Force MH-53M "Pave Low IV" helicopter assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force, Mildenhall (Only the refueling hose and drag chute from the MC-130P is seen), flies over flooded Central Mozambique near the town of Chibuto as it refuels from an MC-130P "Shadow" from the 67th Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall. The MH-53M Pave Lows are operating from Air Force Base Hoedspruit in South Africa, where they are deployed in support of Operation Atlas Response. Operation Atlas Response is a multi-national humanitarian relief mission helping displaced people (Not shown) in Central and Southern ...

Right side front view medium long aerial shot as a US Air Force MH-53M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: Right side front view medium long aerial shot as a US Air Force MH-53M "Pave Low IV" helicopter assigned to the 21st Special Op... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute just beginning to open, orbiter Discovery and its crew land on KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15. Main gear touchdown was at 2:22:58 p.m. EDT; wheel stop, at 2:24:06 p.m. EDT. The 11-day, 21-hour, 12-minute STS-105 mission accomplished the goals set for the 11th flight to the International Space Station: swapout of the resident Station crew; delivery of equipment, supplies and scientific experiments; and installation of the Early Ammonia Servicer and heater cables for the S0 truss on the Station. Discovery traveled 4.3 million miles on its 30th flight into space, the 106th mission of the Space Shuttle program. Out of five missions in 2001, the landing was the first to occur in daylight at KSC KSC-01pp1483

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute just beginning to op...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute just beginning to open, orbiter Discovery and its crew land on KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15. Main gear touchdown was at 2:22:58 p.m. EDT; wheel stop... More

STS105-S-023 (22 Aug. 2001) --- With its drag chute trailing behind, the Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew land on the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15. Main gear touchdown was at 2:22:58 p.m. (EDT), Aug. 22, 2001. Wheel stop occurred at 2:24:06 p.m. (EDT). The 11-day, 21-hour, 12-minute STS-105 mission accomplished the goals set for the 11th flight to the International Space Station: swap out of the resident station crew; delivery of equipment, supplies and scientific experiments; and installation of the Early Ammonia Servicer and heater cables for the S0 truss on the Station. Discovery traveled 4.3 million miles on its 30th flight into space, the 106th mission of the Space Shuttle program. The landing was the first of five in 2001 to occur in daylight at KSC. Onboard at landing were STS-105 astronauts Scott J. Horowitz, commander; Frederic W. (Rick) Sturckow, pilot; and Patrick G. Forrester and Daniel T. Barry, both mission specialists; along with the returning Expedition Two crewmembers--cosmonaut Yury V. Usachev, commander; and James S. Voss and Susan J. Helms, both flight engineers. STS105-S-023

STS105-S-023 (22 Aug. 2001) --- With its drag chute trailing behind, t...

STS105-S-023 (22 Aug. 2001) --- With its drag chute trailing behind, the Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew land on the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15. Main gear touchdown was at 2:... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  With its drag chute billowing behind, orbiter Endeavour slows for a full touchdown on Runway 15 at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-108. Endeavour carries both the mission crew and the Expedition 3 crew - Commander Frank Culbertson and cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin - who are returning to Earth after 129 days in space on the International Space Station.  After a mission-elapsed time of 11 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes, Endeavour had main gear touchdown at 12:55:10 p.m. EST (17:55:10 GMT).  Nose gear touchdown occurred at 12:55:23 p.m. (17:55:23 GMT); wheel stop at 12:56:13 p.m. (17:56:13 GMT). Rollout distance was 8,941 feet.  The landing is the 57th at KSC in the history of the program   STS-108 was the 12th mission to the Space Station.  This mission was the 107th flight in the Shuttle program and the 17th flight for the orbiter KSC-01PP1836

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute billowing behind, o...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute billowing behind, orbiter Endeavour slows for a full touchdown on Runway 15 at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-108. Endeavour carries ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  With its drag chute opened, orbiter Columbia is silhouetted against the brilliant xenon lights at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Columbia landed at 4:33:09 a.m. EST with its crew of seven after a successful 11-day mission servicing the Hubble Space Telescope. Main gear touchdown occurred at 4:31:52 a.m. and nose wheel touchdown at 4:32:02.  Rollout time was 1 minute, 17 seconds.   This was the 58th landing at KSC out of 108 missions in the history of the Shuttle program. KSC-02pp0270

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute opened, orbiter Col...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With its drag chute opened, orbiter Columbia is silhouetted against the brilliant xenon lights at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility. Columbia landed at 4:33:09 a.m. EST with its cr... More

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Oscar Hurtado from the 7th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron (EMXS), untangles parachute cords to a B-52 Stratofortress bomber drag-chute, at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Oscar Hurtado from the 7t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andersen Air Base State: Guam (GU) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: PACAF Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Charlene... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -   Atlantis releases its drag chute to assist in landing on Runway 33 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, concluding mission STS-115.  Aboard are Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Christopher Ferguson, and Mission Specialists Joseph Tanner, David Burbank, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steven MacLean, who represents the Canadian Space Agency.  During the mission, Tanner, McLean, Burbank and Piper completed three spacewalks to attach the P3/P4 integrated truss structure to the International Space Station.  Main gear touchdown was at 6:21:30 a.m. EDT.  Nose gear touchdown was at 6:21:36 a.m. and wheel stop was at 6:22:16 a.m.  At touchdown -- nominally about 2,500 ft. beyond the runway threshold -- the orbiter is traveling at a speed ranging from 213 to 226 mph. Atlantis traveled 4.9 million miles, landing on orbit 187. Mission elapsed time was 11 days, 19 hours, six minutes. This is the 15th night landing at KSC and the 23rd night landing overall.  Photo credit: NASA/Chuck Tintera KSC-06pd2189

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Atlantis releases its drag chute to ass...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Atlantis releases its drag chute to assist in landing on Runway 33 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, concluding mission STS-115. Aboard are Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Christopher ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis, trailed by its drag chute, rolls to a stop on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Securing the space shuttle fleet's place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.    On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. STS-135 also was the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program.  For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kenny Allen KSC-2011-5728

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis, trailed by its drag ch...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis, trailed by its drag chute, rolls to a stop on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Securing the space shuttle flee... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the drag chute trailing space shuttle Atlantis is illuminated by the xenon lights on Runway 15 as the shuttle lands for the final time. Securing the space shuttle fleet's place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.    On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. STS-135 also was the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program.  For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kenny Allen KSC-2011-5724

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kenn...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the drag chute trailing space shuttle Atlantis is illuminated by the xenon lights on Runway 15 as the shuttle l... More

A 507th Tactical Fighter Group F-105 Thunderchief aircraft deploys a drag chute upon landing at the base

A 507th Tactical Fighter Group F-105 Thunderchief aircraft deploys a d...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Royal Air Force Schulthorpe Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: Rick Diaz Release Status: Released to Public Combined M... More

SSGT Roberto Quinones packs a drag chute into the rear of an F-4 Phantom II aircraft during Reforger (Coronet Rawhide)

SSGT Roberto Quinones packs a drag chute into the rear of an F-4 Phant...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: REFORGERCORONET RAWHIDE Base: Sola Air Base Country: Norway (NOR) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Ken Hammond Release Status: Re... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed as the orbiter Atlantis swoops down on Runway 15 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at 8:13:15 a.m. EDT, September 26, bringing to a successful conclusion U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid's record- setting, 188-day stay in space. Lucid's approximately six-month stay aboard the Russian Space Station Mir establishes a new U.S. record for long-duration spaceflight and also is the longest for a woman, surpassing Russian cosmonaut Elena Kondakovaþs 169-day stay on Mir. Lucid returns to Earth with the flight crew of Mission STS-79: Commander William F. Readdy; Pilot Terrence W. Wilcutt; and Mission Specialists Thomas D. Akers, Jay Apt and Carl E. Walz. Succeeding her aboard Mir for an approximately four-month stay is fellow veteran astronaut John E. Blaha, who traveled to the station with the STS-79 flight crew. The STS-79 mission is part of the NASA/Mir program which is now into the Phase 1B portion, consisting of nine Shuttle-Mir dockings and seven long-duration flights of U.S. astronauts aboard the Russian space station between early 1996 and late 1998 KSC-96pc1126

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed as the orbite...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed as the orbiter Atlantis swoops down on Runway 15 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at 8:13:15 a.m. EDT, September 26, bringing to a successful conclusion... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles down Runway 33 at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to conclude the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission. With main gear touchdown at 2:33:11 p.m. EDT, April 8, the STS-83 mission duration was 3 days, 23 hours, 12 minutes. The planned 16-day mission was cut short by a faulty fuel cell. This is only the third time in Shuttle program history that an orbiter was brought home early due to a mechanical problem. This was also the 36th KSC landing since the program began in 1981. Mission Commander James D. Halsell, Jr. flew Columbia to a perfect landing with help from Pilot Susan L. Still. Other crew members are Payload Commander Janice E. Voss; Mission Specialists Michael L.Gernhardt and Donald A. Thomas; and Payload Specialists Roger K. Crouch and Gregory T. Linteris. In spite of the abbreviated flight, the crew was able to perform MSL-1 experiments. The Spacelab-module-based experiments were used to test some of the hardware, facilities and procedures that are planned for use on the International Space Station and to conduct combustion, protein crystal growth and materials processing investigations KSC-97pc604

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shut...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles down Runway 33 at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility to conclude the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission. Wit... More

Space Shuttle Endeavor, STS-89 landing view

Space Shuttle Endeavor, STS-89 landing view

STS089-S-012 (31 Jan. 1998) --- The drag chute on the space shuttle Endeavour is deployed as the spacecraft rolls down Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) to successfully complete an almost-nine-day... More

A B-52H Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, trails a drag chute upon landing at Royal Air Base (RAF) Fairford in the United Kingdom. The 2nd Bomb Wing forward deployed 5 aircraft on October 11, 1998, to RAF Fairford in support of possible NATO air strikes against Serbian targets

A B-52H Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force B...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: RAF Fairford State: Gloucestershire Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT David Czerwinski, USAF Release Status: Re... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute fully deployed, Space Shuttle Discovery lands on KSC's brightly lighted Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15, completing the 9-day, 19-hour, 13-minute and 1-second long STS-96 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 2:02:43 a.m. EDT June 6 , landing on orbit 154 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 2:02:59 a.m., and the wheels stopped at 2:03:39 a.m. At the controls were Commander Kent V. Rominger and Pilot Rick D. Husband. Also onboard the orbiter were Mission Specialists Ellen Ochoa (Ph.D.), Tamara E. Jernigan (Ph.D.), Daniel T. Barry (M.D., Ph.D.), Julie Payette and Valery Ivanovich Tokarev. Payette represents the Canadian Space Agency and Tokarev the Russian Space Agency. The crew returned from the second flight to the International Space Station on a logistics and resupply mission. This was the 94th flight in the Space Shuttle program and the 26th for Discovery, also marking the 47th landing at KSC, the 24th in the last 25 missions, 11th at night, and the 18th consecutive landing in Florida KSC-99pp0634

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute fully deployed, Spac...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute fully deployed, Space Shuttle Discovery lands on KSC's brightly lighted Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15, completing the 9-day, 19-hour, 13-minute and 1-secon... More

With its drag chute deployed, orbiter Discovery and its seven-member crew roll toward a stop at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main landing gear touched down on EAFB runway 22 at 5 p.m. With the aid of its drag chute, Discovery came to a complete stop at 5:01 p.m. At the conclusion of mission STS-92, Discovery and crew had traveled about 5.3 million statute miles. Following vehicle safing and preliminary offloading efforts, workers will begin preparations for Discovery’s transcontinental ferry flight back to KSC on the back of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 KSC00pp1669

With its drag chute deployed, orbiter Discovery and its seven-member c...

With its drag chute deployed, orbiter Discovery and its seven-member crew roll toward a stop at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main lan... More

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. -- Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, touches down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main landing gear touched down on EAFB runway 22 at 5 p.m. With the aid of its drag chute, Discovery came to a complete stop at 5:01 p.m. At the conclusion of mission STS-92, Discovery and crew had traveled about 5.3 million statute miles. Following vehicle safing and preliminary offloading efforts, workers will begin preparations for Discovery’s transcontinental ferry flight back to KSC on the back of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 KSC-00pp1667

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. -- Viewed from the side, orbiter Discov...

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. -- Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, touches down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the Interna... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Lights on Runway 15 silhouette Endeavour with its drag chute open as it lands at 6:04 p.m. EST following a 4.4-million-mile mission to the International Space Station. At the controls is Commander Brent Jett, completing the successful 10-day, 19-hour and 58-minute-long STS-97 mission. Other crew members on board are Pilot Michael Bloomfield and Mission Specialists Joseph Tanner, Carlos Noriega and Marc Garneau, with the Canadian Space Agency. Endeavour carried the P6 Integrated Truss Structure with solar arrays to power the International Space Station. The arrays and other equipment were installed during three EVAs that totaled 19 hours, 20 minutes. Endeavour was docked with the Space Station for 6 days, 23 hours, 13 minutes. This was the 16th nighttime landing for a Space Shuttle and the 53rd at Kennedy Space Center KSC-00pp1881

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Lights on Runway 15 silhouette Endeavour...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Lights on Runway 15 silhouette Endeavour with its drag chute open as it lands at 6:04 p.m. EST following a 4.4-million-mile mission to the International Space Station. At the contr... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute sailing behind, Endeavour rolls down runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 13-day STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. Behind it is the looming Vehicle Assembly Building, which stands 525-feet tall.  The mission began Aug. 8 and installed a new gyroscope, an external spare parts platform and another truss segment to the expanding station.  Endeavour's main gear touched down at 12:32:16  p.m. EDT.  Nose gear touchdown was at 12:32:29 p.m. and wheel stop was at 12:33:20 p.m.  Endeavour traveled nearly 5.3 million miles, landing on orbit 201.  STS-118 was the 119th space shuttle flight, the 22nd flight to the station, the 20th flight for Endeavour and the second of four missions planned for 2007. This was the 65th landing of an orbiter at Kennedy.  Photo credit: NASA/Regina Mitchell-Ryall, Robert Murray KSC-07pp2357

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute sailing behind, Endeavou...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute sailing behind, Endeavour rolls down runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 13-day STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. Behind it i... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed behind space shuttle Discovery to help slow its landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 1:01 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, completing the 15-day mission STS-120.  Main gear touchdown was 1:01:16 p.m.  Wheel stop was at 1:02:07 p.m.  Mission elapsed time was 15 days, 2 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds. The STS-120 crew continued the construction of the station with the installation of the Harmony Node 2 module and the relocation of the P6 truss. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-07pd3158

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed behind space ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute is deployed behind space shuttle Discovery to help slow its landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 1:01 p.m. EST on N... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a nearly 5.3 million mile round trip to the International Space Station, space shuttle Atlantis slows down with the aid of a drag chute after landing on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle landed on orbit 202 to complete the 13-day STS-122 mission. Main gear touchdown was 9:07:10 a.m. Nose gear touchdown was 9:07:20 a.m. Wheel stop was at 9:08:08 a.m. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes and 44 seconds. During the mission, Atlantis' crew installed the new Columbus laboratory, leaving a larger space station and one with increased science capabilities. The Columbus Research Module adds nearly 1,000 cubic feet of habitable volume and affords room for 10 experiment racks, each an independent science lab. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray KSC-08pp0444

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a nearly 5.3 million mile round tr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a nearly 5.3 million mile round trip to the International Space Station, space shuttle Atlantis slows down with the aid of a drag chute after landing on Runway 15 of the Shut... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With its drag chute unfurled, space shuttle Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 11 days in space, completing the 4.5-million mile STS-129 mission on orbit 171.  In the background are the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building and a crane being used to construct a new mobile launcher to support the Constellation Program's Ares I rocket.    Main gear touchdown was at 9:44:23 a.m. EST. Nose gear touchdown was at 9:44:36 a.m., and wheels stop was at 9:45:05 a.m.  Aboard Atlantis are Commander Charles O. Hobaugh; Pilot Barry E. Wilmore; Mission Specialists Leland Melvin, Randy Bresnik, Mike Foreman and Robert L. Satcher Jr.; and Expedition 20 and 21 Flight Engineer Nicole Stott who spent 87 days aboard the International Space Station.  STS-129 is the final space shuttle Expedition crew rotation flight on the manifest.  On STS-129, the crew delivered 14 tons of cargo to the orbiting laboratory, including two ExPRESS Logistics Carriers containing spare parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles are retired next year.  For information on the STS-129 mission and crew, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/index.html.     Photo credit: NASA/Tim Terry KSC-2009-6601

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With its drag chute unfurled, space shuttle Atl...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With its drag chute unfurled, space shuttle Atlantis touches down on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 11 days in space, completing... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the drag chute trailing space shuttle Atlantis slows the almost indistinguishable shuttle as it lands on Runway 15 one final time.  Securing the space shuttle fleet's place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.    On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. STS-135 also was the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program.  For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kenny Allen KSC-2011-5730

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kenn...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the drag chute trailing space shuttle Atlantis slows the almost indistinguishable shuttle as it lands on Runway... More

A drag parachute on a B-52 Stratofortress deployed

A drag parachute on a B-52 Stratofortress deployed

A drag parachute on a B-52 Stratofortress deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., opens after landing at RAF Fairford, England, March 14, 2019. The B-52s arrived at RAF Fairford to conduct theater integrat... More

XB-51 Taxi with Chute 2

XB-51 Taxi with Chute 2

NARA B26541..29 June 50 Public domain photograph of propeller aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

A U.S. Air Force F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft assigned to the 119th Fighter Wing"Happy Hooligans", 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, deploys its drag chute after landing on the runway at Hector International Field, North Dakota. (A3604) (U.S. Air Force PHOTO) (Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft assigned to the 119th Fig...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hector International Field State: North Dakota (ND) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Relea... More

Belgium ground crewmen reload a drag chute onto a US Air Force F-4G Phantom II Advanced Wild Weasel aircraft during a joint service exercise

Belgium ground crewmen reload a drag chute onto a US Air Force F-4G Ph...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Bierset Air Base Country: Belgium (BEL) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Fernando Serna Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service D... More

Plane Captain Aviation Electronics Technician AIRMAN (ATAA) Pat Matawan, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ-34), catches the drag chute in the heat waves from a A-3 Skywarrior aircraft during the US 3rd Fleet North Pacific Exercise (NORPACEX).  The joint Air Force and Navy exercise not only provides training for fighter pilots and tactical controllers, but also tests the ability of those services to operate together for the defense of Alaska

Plane Captain Aviation Electronics Technician AIRMAN (ATAA) Pat Matawa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Elmendorf Air Force Base State: Alaska (AK) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT W. Thornton Release Status: Relea... More

A right side view of a Marine PHOTO-Reconnaissance Squadron 3 (VMFP-3) RF-4B Phantom II aircraft deploying a drag chute upon landing

A right side view of a Marine PHOTO-Reconnaissance Squadron 3 (VMFP-3)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Cubi Point Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Status: Released to Public Combined Militar... More

STS-53 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, lands on runway 22 at EAFB, Calif

STS-53 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, lands on runway 22 at EAFB...

STS-53 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, is slowed by a red, white, and blue drag chute during its landing on concrete runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB), California. Main landing gear (MLG) touchdow... More

Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-64 landing view

Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-64 landing view

STS64-S-073 (20 Sept. 1994) --- The drag chute for the space shuttle Discovery is deployed as NASA's most-heavily flown spacecraft completes a 10-day, 22-hour and 50-minute mission. Discovery, with a crew of s... More

With Commander Kevin Kregel and Pilot Steven Lindsey at the controls, the orbiter Columbia, with its drag chute deployed, touches its main gear down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:20:04 a.m. EST Dec. 5 to complete the 15-day, 16-hour and 34-minute-long STS-87 mission of 6.5 million miles. Also onboard the orbiter are Mission Specialists Winston Scott; Kalpana Chawla, Ph.D.; and Takao Doi, Ph.D., of the National Space Development Agency of Japan; along with Payload Specialist Leonid Kadenyuk of the National Space Agency of Ukraine. During the 88th Space Shuttle mission, the crew performed experiments on the United States Microgravity Payload-4 and pollinated plants as part of the Collaborative Ukrainian Experiment. This was the 12th landing for Columbia at KSC and the 41st KSC landing in the history of the Space Shuttle program KSC-97PC1743

With Commander Kevin Kregel and Pilot Steven Lindsey at the controls, ...

With Commander Kevin Kregel and Pilot Steven Lindsey at the controls, the orbiter Columbia, with its drag chute deployed, touches its main gear down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:20:04 a.m... More

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, touches down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main landing gear touched down on EAFB runway 22 at 5 p.m. With the aid of its drag chute, Discovery came to a complete stop at 5:01 p.m. At the conclusion of mission STS-92, Discovery and crew had traveled about 5.3 million statute miles. Following vehicle safing and preliminary offloading efforts, workers will begin preparations for Discovery’s transcontinental ferry flight back to KSC on the back of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 KSC-00pp1672

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, t...

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, touches down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’... More

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, is about to touch down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main landing gear touched down on EAFB runway 22 at 5 p.m. With the aid of its drag chute, Discovery came to a complete stop at 5:01 p.m. At the conclusion of mission STS-92, Discovery and crew had traveled about 5.3 million statute miles. Following vehicle safing and preliminary offloading efforts, workers will begin preparations for Discovery’s transcontinental ferry flight back to KSC on the back of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 KSC00pp1673

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, i...

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, is about to touch down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. Th... More

An air to air right side view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field approaching the refueling hose and drag chute of an aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California

An air to air right side view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Andrew Hughan Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

STS098-S-017 (20 Feb. 2001) --- A drag chute slows down the space shuttle Atlantis following its touchdown to mark mission completion at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California. Onboard were astronauts Kenneth Cockrell, Mark Polansky, Robert Curbeam, Thomas Jones and Marsha Ivins. Atlantis touched down on Edward?s concrete runway at 2:33 p.m. (CST), Feb. 20, for a mission elapsed time of 12 days, 21 hours and 20 minutes. Photo credit: NASA STS098-s-017

STS098-S-017 (20 Feb. 2001) --- A drag chute slows down the space shut...

STS098-S-017 (20 Feb. 2001) --- A drag chute slows down the space shuttle Atlantis following its touchdown to mark mission completion at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California. Onboard were a... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute trailing behind, orbiter Discovery and its crew land on KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15. Main gear touchdown was at 2:22:58 p.m. EDT; wheel stop, at 2:24:06 p.m. EDT. The 11-day, 21-hour, 12-minute STS-105 mission accomplished the goals set for the 11th flight to the International Space Station: swapout of the resident Station crew; delivery of equipment, supplies and scientific experiments; and installation of the Early Ammonia Servicer and heater cables for the S0 truss on the Station. Discovery traveled 4.3 million miles on its 30th flight into space, the 106th mission of the Space Shuttle program. The landing was the first of five in 2001 to occur in daylight at KSC KSC-01pp1507

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute trailing behind, orb...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With its drag chute trailing behind, orbiter Discovery and its crew land on KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15. Main gear touchdown was at 2:22:58 p.m. EDT; wheel stop, at 2:... More

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Oscar Hurtado from the 7th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron (EMXS), packs a drag-chute for a B-52 Stratofortress bomber, at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Oscar Hurtado from the 7t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andersen Air Base State: Guam (GU) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Joshua Strang, USAF Release Status: Releas... More

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) John Rizzo, from the 7th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron (EMXS), untangles a landing Drag-chute for a B-52 Stratofortress bomber at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) John Rizzo, from the 7th Exp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andersen Air Base State: Guam (GU) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: A1C Joshua Strang, USAF Release Status: Releas... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the aid of a drag chute, space shuttle Atlantis slows down after landing on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after a nearly 5.3 million mile round trip to the International Space Station. In the background is Launch Pad 39B. The shuttle landed on orbit 202 to complete the 13-day STS-122 mission. Main gear touchdown was 9:07:10 a.m. Nose gear touchdown was 9:07:20 a.m. Wheel stop was at 9:08:08 a.m. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes and 44 seconds. During the mission, Atlantis' crew installed the new Columbus laboratory, leaving a larger space station and one with increased science capabilities. The Columbus Research Module adds nearly 1,000 cubic feet of habitable volume and affords room for 10 experiment racks, each an independent science lab. Photo credit: NASA/Sandy Joseph, Tim Powers KSC-08pp0445

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the aid of a drag chute, space shut...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the aid of a drag chute, space shuttle Atlantis slows down after landing on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after a nearly 5.3 million... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the aid of a drag chute billowing behind it, space shuttle Atlantis slows to a stop on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The shuttle landed on orbit 202 to complete the 13-day STS-122 mission. Main gear touchdown was 9:07:10 a.m. Nose gear touchdown was 9:07:20 a.m. Wheel stop was at 9:08:08 a.m. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes and 44 seconds. During the mission, Atlantis' crew installed the new Columbus laboratory, leaving a larger space station and one with increased science capabilities. The Columbus Research Module adds nearly 1,000 cubic feet of habitable volume and affords room for 10 experiment racks, each an independent science lab. Photo credit: NASA/Norley Willets KSC-08pd0377

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the aid of a drag chute billowing b...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With the aid of a drag chute billowing behind it, space shuttle Atlantis slows to a stop on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle l... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ---   With xenon lights flooding Runway 15, a drag chute slows space shuttle Endeavour as it returns to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, ending the STS-123 mission, a 16-day flight to the International Space Station.  The main landing gear touched down at 8:39:08 p.m. EDT.  The nose landing gear touched down at 8:39:17 p.m. and wheel stop was at 8:40:41 p.m.  The mission completed nearly 6.6 million miles. The landing was the second opportunity after the first was waved off due to unstable weather in the Kennedy Space Center area.  The STS-123 mission delivered the first segment of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, known as Dextre. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray, Kevin O'Connell, Scott Haun KSC-08pp0882

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- With xenon lights flooding Runway 15, a dra...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- With xenon lights flooding Runway 15, a drag chute slows space shuttle Endeavour as it returns to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, ending the STS-123 mission, a 16-day flight to the Inter... More

STS133-S-131 (9 March 2011) --- Space shuttle Discovery?s drag chute is deployed as the spacecraft rolls toward wheels stop on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Landing was at 11:57 a.m. (EST) on March 9, 2011, completing a more than 12-day STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. Onboard are NASA astronauts Steve Lindsey, commander; Eric Boe, pilot; Steve Bowen, Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott, all mission specialists. Discovery and its six-member crew delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module, packed with supplies and critical spare parts, as well as Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid astronaut helper, to the orbiting outpost. STS-133 was Discovery's 39th and final mission. This was the 133rd Space Shuttle Program mission and the 35th shuttle voyage to the space station. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration sts133-s-131

STS133-S-131 (9 March 2011) --- Space shuttle Discovery?s drag chute i...

STS133-S-131 (9 March 2011) --- Space shuttle Discovery?s drag chute is deployed as the spacecraft rolls toward wheels stop on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center in Florida... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Atlantis' unfurled drag chute as the vehicle rolls to a stop on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final. Securing the space shuttle fleet's place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.  On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies in the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. For more information visit, www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2011-5630

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Atlantis...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Atlantis' unfurled drag chute as the vehicle rolls to a stop on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida f... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the drag chute trailing space shuttle Atlantis is ejected as the shuttle rolls to a stop on Runway 15 one final time.  Securing the space shuttle fleet's place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.    On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. STS-135 also was the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program.  For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kenny Allen KSC-2011-5732

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kenn...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the drag chute trailing space shuttle Atlantis is ejected as the shuttle rolls to a stop on Runway 15 one final... More

B-47 at Eglin 2, US Air Force Photo

B-47 at Eglin 2, US Air Force Photo

NARA RG342-B..Eglin AFB, May 56 Public domain photograph of jet aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --   The drag chute deployed behind space shuttle Discovery helps slow its smooth landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 15-day mission STS-120.  Main gear touchdown was 1:01:16 p.m.  Wheel stop was at 1:02:07 p.m. Mission elapsed time was 15 days, 2 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds. Mission STS-120 continued the construction of the station with the installation of the Harmony Node 2 module and the relocation of the P6 truss. Photo credit: NASA/Scott Haun KSC-07pd3205

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space s...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space shuttle Discovery helps slow its smooth landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 1... More

Right side view of a Soviet Su-17 Fitter E aircraft deploying a drag chute as it lands

Right side view of a Soviet Su-17 Fitter E aircraft deploying a drag c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-106 Delta Dart aircraft from 102nd Fighter Interceptor Wing arrives at the base to compete in the air-to-air weapons meet WILLIAM TELL '84. A drag chute is deployed from the tail of the aircraft

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-106 Delta Dart aircraft from 102n...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: WILLIAM TELL '84 Base: Tyndall Air Force Base State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Opera... More

A 924th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4D Phantom II aircraft trails its drag chute while being parked in a revetment during exercise Team Spirit '85. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A 924th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4D Phantom II aircraft trails its drag...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: TEAM SPIRIT '85 Base: Kunsan Air Base Country: Republic Of Korea (KOR) Scene Camera Operator: Tsgt Lou Hernandez, Usaf Relea... More

STS-52 Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, lands on runway 33 at KSC SLF

STS-52 Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, lands on runway 33 at KSC S...

STS052-S-099 (1 Nov. 1992) --- This three-quarter front view shows the Space Shuttle Columbia just after deployment of the drag chute during landing at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility. Onboard were a crew of fiv... More

STS-57 Endeavour, OV-105, with drag chute deployed lands on KSC SLF runway 33

STS-57 Endeavour, OV-105, with drag chute deployed lands on KSC SLF ru...

STS057-S-082 (1 July 1993) --- The drag chute on the Space Shuttle Endeavour is fully deployed in this scene on Runway 33 (KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility) as the spacecraft successfully completes a ten-day miss... More

Landing of STS-63 Discovery at KSC

Landing of STS-63 Discovery at KSC

STS063-S-015 (11 Feb. 1995) --- The Space Shuttle Discovery deploys its drag chute on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Shuttle Landing Facility as it wraps up an eight-day mission. Touchdown occur... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A KSC fire truck stands on alert as the STS-79 Space Shuttle Atlantis hurtles down Runway 15 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility, its drag chute billowing behind it. Atlantis touched down at 8:13:15 a.m. EDT, September 26. On board is U.S. astronaut Shannon W. Lucid, who has been living and working on the Russian Space Station Mir for about six months. Lucid has spent 188 days in space from launch aboard Atlantis in March to her return today, establishing a U.S. record for long-duration spaceflight as well as representing the longest spaceflight for a woman. Succeeding Lucid on Mir is U.S. astronaut John E. Blaha, who embarked to Mir with the STS-79 crew. The commander of Mission STS-79 is William F. Readdy; Terrence W. Wilcutt is the pilot, and the three mission specialists are Jay Apt, Thomas D. Akers and Carl E. Walz KSC-96pc1124

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A KSC fire truck stands on alert as the ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A KSC fire truck stands on alert as the STS-79 Space Shuttle Atlantis hurtles down Runway 15 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility, its drag chute billowing behind it. Atlantis touched... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touches down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:07:59 a.m. EDT Aug. 19 to complete the 11-day, 20-hour and 27-minute-long STS-85 mission. At the controls are Commander Curtis L. Brown, Jr. and Pilot Kent V. Rominger. The first landing opportunity on Aug. 18 was waved off due to the potential for ground fog. Also onboard the orbiter are Payload Commander N. Jan Davis, Mission Specialist Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Mission Specialist Stephen K. Robinson and Payload Specialist Bjarni V. Tryggvason. During the 86th Space Shuttle mission, the crew deployed the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the AtmosphereShuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (CRISTA-SPAS-2) free-flyer to conduct research on the Earth’s middle atmosphere, retrieving it on flight day 9. The crew also conducted investigations with the Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD), Technology Applications and Science-1 (TAS-1) and International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker-2 (IEH-2) experiments. Robinson also made observations of the comet Hale-Bopp with the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System (SWIS) while other members of the crew conducted biological experiments in the orbiter’s crew cabin. This was the 39th landing at KSC in the history of the Space Shuttle program and the 11th touchdown for Discovery at the space center KSC-97PC1250

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shut...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery touches down on Runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:07:59 a.m. EDT Aug. 19 to complete the 11-day, 20-hou... More

A B-52H Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, trails a drag chute upon landing at Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, United Kingdom. The 2nd Bomb Wing forward deployed 5 aircraft on October 11, 1998, to RAF Fairford in support of possible NATO air strikes against Serbian targets

A B-52H Stratofortress from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force B...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: RAF Fairford State: Gloucestershire Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT David Czerwinski, USAF Release Status: Re... More

An aerial view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard, Moffett Federal Field refueling from the refueling hose and drag chute of an aircraft over the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Northern California

An aerial view of an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Andrew Hughan Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With the drag chute slowing its speed, Atlantis prepares to land on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility to complete a 12-day, 18-hour, 34-minute-long STS-104 mission. Main gear touchdown occurred at 11:38:55 p.m. EDT. At the controls is Commander Steven W. Lindsey. Other crew members on board are Pilot Charles Hobaugh and Mission Specialists Michael Gernhardt, Janet Lynn Kavandi and James F. Reilly. This is the 18th nighttime landing for a Space Shuttle, the 13th at Kennedy Space Center. The mission delivered the Joint Airlock Module to the International Space Station, completing the second phase of the assembly of the Space Station KSC01padig252

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With the drag chute slowing its speed, A...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With the drag chute slowing its speed, Atlantis prepares to land on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility to complete a 12-day, 18-hour, 34-minute-long STS-104 mission. Main ge... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A wood stork appears to chase Atlantis as it lands on runway 33 with its drag chute deployed. The landing completes the 10-day, 19-hour, 4.5-million mile mission STS-110 to the International Space Station.  In the upper right corner is the chase plane following Atlantis' path. The orbiter carries the returning crew Commander Michael Bloomfield, Pilot Stephen Frick and Mission Specialists Jerry Ross, Steven Smith, Ellen Ochoa, Lee Morin and Rex Walheim.  Main gear touchdown was 12:26:57 p.m. EDT, nose gear touchdown was 12:27:09 p.m. and wheel stop was 12:28:07 p.m.  The crew delivered and installed the S0 truss, which will support cooling and power systems essential for the addition of future international laboratories, on the Station. KSC-02pd0509

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A wood stork appears to chase Atlantis as...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - A wood stork appears to chase Atlantis as it lands on runway 33 with its drag chute deployed. The landing completes the 10-day, 19-hour, 4.5-million mile mission STS-110 to the Inte... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The open drag chute helps slow Endeavour as it lands on runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The Space Shuttle Endeavour crew, led by Commander Scott Kelly, completes a 13-day mission to the International Space Station.  The STS-118 mission began Aug. 8 and installed a new gyroscope, an external spare parts platform and another truss segment to the expanding station.  Endeavour's main gear touched down at 12:32:16  p.m. EDT.  Nose gear touchdown was at 12:32:29 p.m. and wheel stop was at 12:33:20 p.m.  Endeavour traveled nearly 5.3 million miles, landing on orbit 201.  This was the 65th landing of an orbiter at Kennedy.  Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd2302

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The open drag chute helps slow Endeavou...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The open drag chute helps slow Endeavour as it lands on runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The Space Shuttle Endeavour crew, led by Commander Scott Kelly, completes a 13-d... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space shuttle Discovery helps slow its smooth landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 15-day mission STS-120.  Main gear touchdown was 1:01:16 p.m.  Wheel stop was at 1:02:07 p.m. Mission elapsed time was 15 days, 2 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds.  The STS-120 crew continued the construction of the station with the installation of the Harmony Node 2 module and the relocation of the P6 truss. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton KSC-07pd3162

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space shu...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The drag chute deployed behind space shuttle Discovery helps slow its smooth landing on Runway 33 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, completing the 15-... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- This is a version of space shuttle Endeavour's orbiter tribute, or OV-105, which hangs in Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It features Endeavour soaring into orbit above the sailing vessel HMS Endeavour for which it was named. The Cupola, delivered to the International Space Station by Endeavour on STS-130, frames various images that represent the processing and execution of the Space Shuttle Program. Clockwise from top, are the first-ever use of a drag chute during the STS-49 landing, rollout to a launch pad, a ferry flight return to Kennedy, rolling into an orbiter processing facility, docking to the International Space Station, and lifting operations before being mated to an external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building. The background image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and signifies the first shuttle servicing mission, which was performed by Endeavour's STS-61 crew. Crew-designed patches from Endeavour’s maiden voyage through its final mission are shown ascending toward the stars. Five orbiter tributes are on display in the firing room, representing Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Endeavour and Discovery. Graphic design credit: NASA/Amy Lombardo. NASA publication number: SP-2010-08-165-KSC KSC-2010-4454A

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- This is a version of space shuttle Endeavour's...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- This is a version of space shuttle Endeavour's orbiter tribute, or OV-105, which hangs in Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It feature... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Endeavour's unfurled drag chute as the vehicle rolls to a stop on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the final time. Main gear touchdown was at 2:34:51 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 2:35:04 a.m., and wheelstop at 2:35:36 a.m. On board are STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, and Mission Specialists Mike Fincke, Drew Feustel, Greg Chamitoff and the European Space Agency's Roberto Vittori.      STS-134 delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) and the Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) to the International Space Station. AMS will help researchers understand the origin of the universe and search for evidence of dark matter, strange matter and antimatter from the station. ELC-3 carried spare parts that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired from service. STS-134 was the 25th and final flight for Endeavour, which has spent 299 days in space, orbited Earth 4,671 times and traveled 122,883,151 miles. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray KSC-2011-4175

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Endeavou...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Xenon lights illuminate space shuttle Endeavour's unfurled drag chute as the vehicle rolls to a stop on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis, trailed by its drag chute, lands on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the background is the Vehicle Assembly Building, still engulfed in darkness.  Securing the space shuttle fleet's place in history, Atlantis marked the 26th nighttime landing of NASA's Space Shuttle Program and the 78th landing at Kennedy. Main gear touchdown was at 5:57:00 a.m. EDT, followed by nose gear touchdown at 5:57:20 a.m., and wheelstop at 5:57:54 a.m. On board are STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim.    On the 37th shuttle mission to the International Space Station, STS-135 delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with more than 9,400 pounds of spare parts, equipment and supplies that will sustain station operations for the next year. STS-135 was the 33rd and final flight for Atlantis, which has spent 307 days in space, orbited Earth 4,848 times and traveled 125,935,769 miles. STS-135 also was the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program.  For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kenny Allen KSC-2011-5726

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis, trailed by its drag ch...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis, trailed by its drag chute, lands on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the background is the Vehicle Assembly... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a nearly 5.3 million mile round trip to the International Space Station, space shuttle Atlantis slows down with the aid of a drag chute after landing on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.  The shuttle landed on orbit 202 to complete the 13-day STS-122 mission. Main gear touchdown was 9:07:10 a.m. Nose gear touchdown was 9:07:20 a.m. Wheel stop was at 9:08:08 a.m. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes and 44 seconds. During the mission, Atlantis' crew installed the new Columbus laboratory, leaving a larger space station and one with increased science capabilities. The Columbus Research Module adds nearly 1,000 cubic feet of habitable volume and affords room for 10 experiment racks, each an independent science lab. Photo credit: NASA/Kenny Allen, Robert Murray KSC-08pp0440

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a nearly 5.3 million mile round tr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- After a nearly 5.3 million mile round trip to the International Space Station, space shuttle Atlantis slows down with the aid of a drag chute after landing on Runway 15 of the Shut... More

A right rear view of an F-4D Phantom II aircraft from the 42nd Tactical Fighter Group deploying its drag chute upon landing during the reserve training Exercise PATRIOT PEARL. The exercise is a combined air operation of short duration designed to make maximum use of limited training

A right rear view of an F-4D Phantom II aircraft from the 42nd Tactica...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Nas, Roosevelt Roads State: Puerto Rico (PR) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT David Mcleod, USAF Release Stat... More

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the orbiter to remain in space for up to 28 days. Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-0770

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of th...

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the ... More

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif.  OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the orbiter to remain in space for up to 28 days. Photo credit: NASA KSC-91PC-0767

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of th...

The newest space shuttle orbiter, Endeavour is ready to roll out of the hangar at Palmdale, Calif. OV-105 features many design enhancements, including a drag chute for safer landings and equipment to allow the... More

STS-66 landing at Edwards Air Force Base

STS-66 landing at Edwards Air Force Base

STS066-S-039 (14 November 1994) --- The drag chute is fully deployed as the Space Shuttle Atlantis heads toward a stop at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California, ending a successful 10 day, 22 hour and 3... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles down Runway 33 at KSCþs Shuttle Landing Facility to conclude the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission. With main gear touchdown at 2:33:11 p.m. EDT, April 8, the STS-83 mission duration was 3 days, 23 hours, 12 minutes. The planned 16-day mission was cut short by a faulty fuel cell. This is only the third time in Shuttle program history that an orbiter was brought home early due to a mechanical problem. This was also the 36th KSC landing since the program began in 1981. Mission Commander James D. Halsell, Jr. flew Columbia to a perfect landing with help from Pilot Susan L. Still. Other crew members are Payload Commander Janice E. Voss; Mission Specialists Michael L.Gernhardt and Donald A. Thomas; and Payload Specialists Roger K. Crouch and Gregory T. Linteris. In spite of the abbreviated flight, the crew was able to perform MSL-1 experiments. The Spacelab-module-based experiments were used to test some of the hardware, facilities and procedures that are planned for use on the International Space Station and to conduct combustion, protein crystal growth and materials processing investigations KSC-97pc599

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shut...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- With drag chute deployed, the Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles down Runway 33 at KSCþs Shuttle Landing Facility to conclude the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1 (MSL-1) mission. Wit... More

With its drag chute billowing behind, Space Shuttle Atlantis is silhouetted against the bright lights on Runway 15, Shuttle Landing Facility, as it rolls to a stop. Two rainbows appear above the lights. The landing of Atlantis completed the 9-day, 20-hour, 9-minute-long STS-101 mission. At the controls are Commander James D. Halsell Jr. and Pilot Scott 'Doc' Horowitz. Also onboard the orbiter are Mission Specialists Mary Ellen Weber, James S. Voss, Jeffrey N. Williams, Susan J. Helms and Yury Usachev of Russia. Main gear touchdown was at 2:20:17 a.m. EDT, landing on orbit 155 of the mission. Nose gear touchdown was at 2:20:30 a.m. EDT, and wheel stop at 2:21:19 a.m. EDT. The crew is returning from the third flight to the International Space Station. This was the 98th flight in the Space Shuttle program and the 21st for Atlantis, also marking the 51st landing at KSC, the 22nd consecutive landing at KSC, the 14th nighttime landing in Shuttle history and the 29th in the last 30 Shuttle flights. KSC-00PP-0681

With its drag chute billowing behind, Space Shuttle Atlantis is silhou...

With its drag chute billowing behind, Space Shuttle Atlantis is silhouetted against the bright lights on Runway 15, Shuttle Landing Facility, as it rolls to a stop. Two rainbows appear above the lights. The lan... More

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, is about to touch down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter’s main landing gear touched down on EAFB runway 22 at 5 p.m. With the aid of its drag chute, Discovery came to a complete stop at 5:01 p.m. At the conclusion of mission STS-92, Discovery and crew had traveled about 5.3 million statute miles. Following vehicle safing and preliminary offloading efforts, workers will begin preparations for Discovery’s transcontinental ferry flight back to KSC on the back of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 KSC-00pp1673

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, i...

Viewed from the side, orbiter Discovery, with its seven-member crew, is about to touch down on the landing strip at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. Th... More