The orbiter Columbia returns to Earth, closing in on Runway 33 of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility and moving from south to north. The Space Shuttle orbiter is essentialy an unpowered glider when it lands, its three main engines having already performed their role at the beginning of the mission by powering the vehicle into orbit. Columbia touched down on the first landing opportunity at KSC at 6:45 a.m. EST. Mission STS-73 marked the second flight of the U.S. Microgravity Laboratory (USML-2). The seven-member crew includes Kenneth D. Bowersox, mission commander; Kent V. Rominger, pilot; Kathryn C. Thornton, payload commander; Catherine G. Coleman and Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, both mission specialists; and Albert Sacco Jr. and Fred W. Leslie, both payload specialists. (Photo Release Date: 11/05/95 )
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