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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