Boing Boing: Space Shuttle lands safely at Edwards AFB


Boing Boing: Space Shuttle lands safely at Edwards AFB: “Space shuttle Discovery landed safely on Earth before dawn landing in the Mojave desert, two weeks and 5.8 million miles later. Here’s a snip from John Schwartz and Warren Leary’s story in the NYT:

The shuttle began the end of its mission at 7:06 by firing its engines over the Indian Ocean for more than two minutes in what is known as a de-orbit burn. About 30 minutes later, at an altitude of 76 miles, the shuttle entered the atmosphere at a maximum speed of more than 16,000 miles per hour, guided at first by its steering jets and later, as the atmosphere became thicker, by its wing flaps and rudder.”

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