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Space Shuttle Program Transition and Retirement managers met Sunday afternoon to again evaluate the weather forecast for Space Shuttle Enterprise's Ferry Flight to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California's high desert, where NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is located, was selected as the initial primary landing site for the space shuttles because of the safety margin presented by Rogers Dry Lake and its long runways.
Teams at NASA's Kennedy Space Center continue practicing rarely performed techniques for moving space shuttles among some of the nation's premier museums as next year's shuttle shuffle nears.
Joe Engle is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Joe Henry Engle on August 26, 1932 in Chapman, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. There he also received his commission in the Air Force through the Reserve Officers Training Program. In 1957, Engle entered flying school and flew the F-100 Super Sabre with the 474th Fighter Day Squadron and the 309th Tactical...
The first orbiting space shuttle mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981 at 6 AM (CST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on April 14 at 12:20PM (CST). Total mission time was 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes, and 53 seconds. Columbia orbited at 166 nautical miles, at an inclination of 40.3 degrees, and travelled 1.074 million miles. All five previous flights were conducted in 1977 using the prototype space shuttle Enterprise. In these atmospheric flights Enterprise...
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