July 16, 2011
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is about to lower its nose wheel following main gear touchdown on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Main gear touchdown occurred at 12:55:10 p.m. (EST), nose gear touchdown at 12:55:23 p.m., wheel stop at 12:56:13 p.m. The landing, the 57th at KSC in the history of the program completed the STS-108 mission known as Utilization Flight 1, which was the 12th mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Onboard at landing were STS-108 astronauts Dominic L. Gorie, mission commander; Mark E. Kelly, pilot; and Linda M. Godwin and Daniel M. Tani, both mission specialists; along with the returning Expedition Three crewmembers astronaut Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., commander; Vladimir N. Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin, both flight engineers representing Rosaviakosmos.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, STS-108, Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., Vladimir Dezhurov, Mark E. Kelly, STS-1, STS-123, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft