Click to enlargeSTS-2 Columbia on Final Approach Photo

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Columbia On Final Approach. The underside of Columbia as it makes its final approach before landing on the Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California. This view provides a good study of the high temperature protection material exposed to friction on the atmospheric entry on the return to earth. The Shuttle was piloted by Richard Truly who would go on to become NASA's eighth Administrator.

Date Taken or Released: November 16, 1981
Credit: NASA JSC

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