Landing the STS-120 Space Shuttle: four hours before touchdown

At approximately fours hours before landing, the Space Shuttle’s crew members begin preparations for landing. The two main activities involve the orbiter’s onboard computers being configured for entry and so is the hydraulic system which powers the shuttle’s aerosurfaces. The aerosurfaces control the rudder brake speed and wing elevons.

Orbiter Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center after mission STS-110

For more info see: Landing 101 on the NASA web site

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~ by tellinghistory on November 7, 2007.

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