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STS-50 Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, completes its landing sequence on runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). At this point in OV-102's landing, the main landing gear (MLG) and nose landing gear (NLG) ride along the runway surface with the drag chute deployed and at full inflation behind the vehicle.

This head-on view looks directly at the crew compartment, includes the full wing span, and shows the vertical tail with deployed rudder/speedbrake system and drag chute. Runway lights appear in the foreground and a flock of birds is barely visible in the distant background. This landing at 7:42 am (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) included Development Test Objective (DTO) 521, Orbiter drag chute system. It marked the first time for the usage of the parachute system for a KSC landing and the second occurrence in the program.

Date: July 9, 1992
Photo credit: NASA

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