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End of Mission Landings

Initially, all end-of-mission shuttle landings were conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The first Kennedy Space Center landing occurred in 1984. After the 1986 Challenger accident and return-to-flight in September 1988, landings were again initially conducted at Edwards. The first scheduled landing at Kennedy in the post-Challenger period occurred in August 1991.

Today, Kennedy is considered the prime landing site. Not included on any of the tables listing Edwards and Kennedy landings is STS-3, the only flight to date to have landed at the Northrup Strip in White Sands, N.M., on March 30, 1982. See Shuttle Facts Section.