Government IT: Discovery Landing Ends Storied Chapter in NASA History

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-03-10
 
 
 

Discovery Touchdown

With its drag chute unfurled, space shuttle Discovery rolls down Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Discovery Touchdown

Entering Orbiter Processing

Discovery enters Orbiter Processing Facility-2 during a move called "towback." The shuttle landed safely on March 9 just before noon.

Entering Orbiter Processing

Pulling to a Stop

The shuttles towback vehicle slowly pulls the spacecraft into Orbiter Processing Facility-2.

Pulling to a Stop

Flanked by Followers

A purge unit that pumps conditioned air into a shuttle after landing is connected to Discovery's aft end and additional landing convoy vehicles follow closely behind.

Flanked by Followers

Waiting to Exhale

Inside Discovery, the STS-133 crewmembers prepare to exit the spacecraft after landing safely on the shuttles last mission.

Waiting to Exhale

Ready to Exit

The crew transport vehicle pulls up to Discovery on the Shuttle Landing Facility's Runway 15.

Ready to Exit

Shimmering Shuttle

Discovery appears to be a mirage as it coasts down the runway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after landing just before noon.

Shimmering Shuttle

Inspecting the Underside

Bob Cabana, director of the Kennedy Space Center, checks out the underside of Discovery following its final return from space.

Inspecting the Underside

Homecoming Photo

The STS-133 crew poses for a photo in front of the space shuttle after landing.

Homecoming Photo

Leading Them On

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden escorts the STS-133 crew to media representatives waiting on the Shuttle Landing Facility.

Leading Them On

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