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Tire-smoking, high-speed touchdown at 9:14:43 a.m. Moments later, pilot Mark Kelly deploys the braking parachute [seen here]. The nose gear dropped and Discovery rolled to a stop to close out a voyage spanning 5.3 million miles & 202 complete orbits since July 4. Welcome home Commander Lindsey,PLT:Mark Kelly,MS 1:Michael Fossum,MS 2: Lisa M.Nowak,MS3:Stephanie Wilson,and MS4:Piers Sellers! [Canon 1Ds MkII; 600mm F/4;ISO 400;1/1000]
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    NASA
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
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    OV-103
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    Titusville - NASA Shuttle Landing Facility
    Florida
    USA
    July 17, 2006
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Anonymous
11 years ago
Good job! Looks like if the shuttle just came back from war
Anonymous
11 years ago
Suresh, this pic deserves more than 5 Stars, very great!
Anonymous
11 years ago
So beautiful...I would love to see with my own eyes one day.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing!!! I am speachless!! I like the opening of the big brake-chute!!

Best regards,

Walter
Anonymous
11 years ago
Spectacular! What a great photograph! I love the Orbiter. In this photograph, I can see a look of determination on the "face" of this beautiful ship. Good job, Discovery! Good job, indeed!
Anonymous
11 years ago
You can see a bit of condensation on the left wing. Great Photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Stunning! What an angle! Much better than we often see in NASA fotage and photos.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great timing! I'm surprised those tiny wheels can take the impact.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Its just a beautiful shot great detail i'd buy this in poster size and frame it
Anonymous
11 years ago
Great Photo, Good job :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Perfect touchdown shot. 5 stars
Anonymous
10 years ago
Angel of picture how the photographer caught how the chute as been deployed, but not opened.Timming is everything
Anonymous
10 years ago
Talk about being at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment; congrats!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Beautifully clear shot. Canopy isn't even open yet! Great eyes and quick hands!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very well done! This photograph does an excellent job of capturing the end of a long.. yet rewarding voyage. Many stories told, but nothing can compare to outstanding photography!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
First of all, space shuttles are badass, so simply seeing one up close is, likewise, badass.

But the real reason this picture gets five stars: look at that smoke coming off the parachute...
Anonymous
10 years ago
The timing of a shot like this is everything. I have not seen one of these anywhere else. This is a very unique view of the shuttle landing as the general public cannot see this. Great shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Perfect landing shot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
5 Stars because this is exactly as the speed brake parachute is deploying and the moment in time if perfectly frozen...for ever!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Welcome home Discovery!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This shot is incredible....the puff of smoke as the parachute deploys, the front gear still in the air, the roasted tiles...its an awesome pic by an incredible set up.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Truly one of my favourite from your collection Suresh! Best regards - GD
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awsome
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo rocks!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Absolutely stunning.
Anonymous
9 years ago
The Space Shuttle looks soo graceful in this landing. It looks like a ballet performance.
Anonymous
9 years ago
The sight of the burned sides, all of those ceramic plates. Macine that was a glowing comet just minutes ago is home again.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Space sure must be dirty to come home looking like this.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Looks battered and bruised

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