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Space Shuttle: Ever Landed At White Sands?  
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4910 times:

In connection with the current STS 114 it is mentioned in the media that in case the Space Shuttle cannot land in Florida it might divert to either Edwards AFB or "New Mexico" which should be "White Sands Space Harbour".

Though I know, that the Space Shuttle has made several landings at EDW, I cannot recall any landings at White Sands ...
Has any Space Shuttle ever made a landing at White Sands Space Harbour ?
-HT


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4900 times:

Columbia landed there at the conclusion of STS-3 30 Mar 82. The dry lake at Edwards was flooded by heavy rains. That's the only time White Sands has been used.

IIRC the strip at White Sands is also some kind of dry lake bed. Apparently the dust there is very fine and got into the nooks and cranies of the spacecraft.

regards


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4898 times:

@SATL382G, Tnx for the quick answer !
Rgds,
HT



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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4880 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 2):
Tnx for the quick answer !

You're welcome...

The NASA White Sands website even has a page dedicated to the event. They had a problem after the landing due to a dust storm kicking up all that fine sand. Apparently the sand got into all kinds of places it shouldn't have..

http://www.wstf.nasa.gov/WSSH/STS3.htm


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4721 times:

Just an addendum; the Shuttle has made a bit more than "several" landings at Edwards. This morning's was the 50th landing there. Regards...Jack


all best; jack
User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4643 times:

Remember in the movie "Space Camp" they talked about landing in that place called White Plains. Then someone says "No, thats in New York, it's White Sands, they had to land there once"

LOL Smile Why do I remember that, let alone what a dumb movie that was??



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