STS-70 crew members give a "thumbs up" to press representatives and others waiting to greet them on Runway 33 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility after the conclusion of their successful flight on the Space Shuttle Discovery. From left, are Commander Terence "Tom" Henricks, Mission Specialists Mary Ellen Weber, Nancy Jane Currie and Donald A. Thomas, and Pilot Kevin R. Kregel. Discovery landed on orbit 143. Main gear touchdown was unofficially listed at 8:02 a.m. EDT on July 22, 1995. Both opportunities for a KSC touchdown on the scheduled landing date, July 21, were waived off because of fog and low visibility conditions at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The first opportunity on July 22 at KSC also was waived off. STS-70 was the 24th landing at KSC and the 70th Space Shuttle mission. During the eight-day, 22-hour flight, the crew deployed a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-G (TDRS-G) and performed many experiments. STS-70 also was the maiden flight of the new Block I orbiter main engine, which flew in the number one position. The other two engines were of the existing Phase II design. (Photo Release Date: 7/22/95 )
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