The space shuttle… as you can imagine… is going very fast when it re-enters the earths atmosphere. It has to have a certain amount of energy (speed) to make it back to Florida to the Kennedy Space Center to land. But not too much energy. So it makes a series of S-Turns to bleed off that energy (speed) in order to land safely. That being said, by Alan Spicer, …
Astronaut Photographs Shuttle Landing From Space
By Tariq Malik
SPACE.com Managing Editor
posted: 22 February 2010
02:21 am ET
When NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour landed safely on Earth Sunday night, reporters weren’t the only ones pointing cameras at the returning spaceship. An astronaut took his own snapshot of the shuttle landing from space.
Astronaut shutterbug Soichi Noguchi of Japan caught a rare view of the shuttle landing from space as the orbiter streaked through Earth’s atmosphere. His photo perch of choice: More than 200 miles (321 km) up and inside International Space Station’s brand-new Cupola, a lookout dome covered in seven windows including a huge round one that is the largest space window ever built.
The image shows Endeavour as it is performing a so-called S-turn, one of several turns used to slow a landing space shuttle from Mach 25, the rate they fly when they enter Earth’s atmosphere.
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