The Space Shuttle orbiter Endeavour makes a smooth landing under cover of darkness on KSC's Runway 15, bringing an end to the successful nine-day STS-72 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 2:41:41 a.m. EST. It was the third night landing at KSC and the eighth since Shuttle flights began in 1981. Highlights of the first mission of 1996 were the retrieval of the Japanese Space Flyer Unit (SFU), the deployment and retrieval of NASA's Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology-Flyer (OAST-Flyer), and two Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) or spacewalks. Crew members were Commander Brian Duffy, Pilot Brent W. Jett Jr., and Mission Specialists Leroy Chiao, Winston E. Scott, Dr. Daniel T. Barry and Koichi Wakata, representing the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). (Photo Release Date: 1/20/96 )
KSC-96EC-0159 - Raw ASCII Text Caption file
KSC-96EC-0159 - Low (GIF Format, 320x240 pixels x 256 colors, approx 50 Kbytes)
KSC-96EC-0159 - Medium (JPEG format, 1024x768 pixels x 256 colors, approx 250 Kbytes)
KSC-96EC-0159 - High (JPEG, 2040x2640 pixels x 16 million colors, approx 400 Kbytes)
STS-72 KSC Photo IndexNext Image KSC-96EC-0160
DISCLAIMER: No copyright protection is asserted for these photographs.
If a recognizable person appears in this photograph, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. It may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA of a commercial product. These photographs are available for preview and download in electronic digital form ONLY. They may not be ordered from NASA in photograph form. (See NASA Copyright Notice)