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Landing of Space Shuttle Discovery: STS-121

07.17.06

Discovery rolls out on Runway 15 With its drag chute flowing behind it, the orbiter Discovery touches down on Runway 15 at NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. At touchdown -- nominally about 2,500 ft. beyond the runway threshold -- the orbiter is traveling at a speed ranging from 213 to 226 mph. Photo credit: NASA

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Discovery rolls into the Orbiter Processing Facility + Large Image
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Still being towed by a diesel-powered tractor, the orbiter Discovery is moved into the Orbiter Processing Facility. Umbilical lines for coolant and purge air are still attached. Discovery landed at the SLF at 9:14 a.m. EDT, completing mission STS-121. Discovery traveled 5.3 million miles, landing on orbit 202. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann


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Following the traditional post-flight walk-around after the landing of an orbiter, the STS-121 crew pose for a photo in front of Discovery. From left are Mission Specialists Michael Fossum and Lisa Nowak, Commander Steven Lindsey, Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson, Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialist Piers Sellers. Discovery's smooth and perfect landing was on time at 9:14 a.m. EDT on Runway 15 of NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility after traveling 5.3 million miles. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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The STS-121 crew gets a close look at the underside of the orbiter Discovery after landing. Seen are (from left) Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson, Commander Steven Lindsey and Mission Specialists Lisa Nowak and Michael Fossum. The post-flight walk-around is a tradition. The landing is the 62nd at Kennedy Space Center and the 32nd for Discovery. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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With drag chute deployed, the orbiter Discovery slows to a stop after landing on Runway 15 at NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. Discovery traveled 5.3 million miles, landing on orbit 202. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 36 minutes and 54 seconds. Main gear touchdown occurred on time at 9:14:43 EDT. Wheel stop was at 9:15:49 EDT. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


Shuttle Discovery comes in for a landing on mission STS-121. + Large Image
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The Space Shuttle Discovery lands at 9:14 a.m. EDT with the crew of STS-121 at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The STS-121 crew of seven tested new equipment and procedures to improve shuttle safety, as well as deliver supplies and make repairs to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


Discovery touches down on the runway + Large Image
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Kicking up dust as its wheels touch down, the orbiter Discovery lands on Runway 15 at NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. Discovery traveled 5.3 million miles, landing on orbit 202. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 36 minutes and 54 seconds. Main gear touchdown occurred on time at 9:14:43 EDT. Wheel stop was at 9:15:49 EDT. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton


Discovery's main landing gear touch down on the runway + Large Image
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With a smooth touchdown on Runway 15 at NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility, the orbiter Discovery completes mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. At touchdown -- nominally about 2,500 ft. beyond the runway threshold -- the orbiter is traveling at a speed ranging from 213 to 226 mph. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 37 minutes and 54 seconds. Photo credit: NASA


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A vapor trail flows from Discovery's wing tip as it makes a speedy approach to Runway 15 at NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility, completing mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. At touchdown -- nominally about 2,500 ft. beyond the runway threshold -- the orbiter is traveling at a speed ranging from 213 to 226 mph. Photo credit: NASA


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The orbiter Discovery, with Commander Steven Lindsey at the helm, approaches Runway 15 at NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility for landing after completing mission STS-121 to the International Space Station. Discovery traveled 5.3 million miles, landing on orbit 202. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 18 hours, 36 minutes and 54 seconds. Main gear touchdown occurred on time at 9:14:43 EDT. Wheel stop was at 9:15:49 EDT. Photo courtesy of Nikon/Scott Andrews


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