Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) Coordinator Larry Parker keeps close watch during the landing of the orbiter Endeavour on Runway 33. Endeavour touched down at 7:09:18 a.m. EDT, May 29, 1996, bringing to a successful close Space Shuttle Mission STS-77. As SLF coordinator Parker oversees all aircraft landings at KSC from the NASA tower, located near the midpoint of the three-mile long Shuttle runway. During an orbiter end-of-mission landing, he monitors all traffic in the immediate airspace to insure that all is in readiness for the return of the orbiter from space. This includes providing air traffic control support to the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) being flown by an astronaut monitoring area weather, the search and rescue helicopters which are stationed at the SLF ready to assist in the event of a contingency, and the NASA security helicopter patrolling the airspace. Communication with the orbiter, however, is handled by Mission Control in Houston. Parker's job also includes overseeing the many ground-based vehicles and personnel who make up the Orbiter Recovery Convoy team that moves onto the runway after landing to safe the orbiter and help the astronauts egress the vehicle. Parker is an employee of KSC Base Operations Contractor EG&G Florida. This photo was taken with a 35-mm Canon camera and a 20-mm lens, and appears courtesy of Chris O'Meara of The Associated Press in cooperation with NASA. (Photo Release Date: 05/29/96 )

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