Sunday, May 24, 2009

Atlantis Lands at Edwards

Bad weather in Florida required Atlantis to land at Edwards AFB, California, and they made a beautiful landing there this morning at 8:39 a.m. PDT.

I love this other picture that I found on the STS-125 gallery site, showing shuttle pilot Gregory Johnson practicing for the landing with a simulator on the flight deck of Atlantis. Here's what it says there:
S125-E-013050 (21 May 2009) --- Occupying the commander's station, astronaut Gregory C. Johnson, STS-125 pilot, uses the Portable In-Flight Landing Operations Trainer (PILOT) on the flight deck of the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis. PILOT consists of a laptop computer and a joystick system, which helps to maintain a high level of proficiency for the end-of-mission approach and landing tasks required to bring the shuttle safely back to Earth.
Just like Orbiter on my laptop (almost)! Except Orbiter has better graphics.


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