Skip to main content

Space History Photo: STS-56 Landing

space history, nasa, space shuttle
The orbiter Discovery lands at KSC's landing facility after a four-million-mile journey.
(Image: © NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency,  a four-million-mile journey draws to a flawless ending as the orbiter Discovery lands at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility, Runway 33. Main gear touchdown occurred at 7:37:19 a.m. EDT, April 17, 1993.

This was the 15th end-of-mission landing at KSC, the 5th for Discovery. Mission STS-56, the second Space Shuttle flight of 1993, lasted nine days, six hours, eight minutes. On board Discovery are a crew of five and the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science 2 (ATLAS 2), flying for the second time.

Each weekday, SPACE.com looks back at the history of spaceflight through photos (archive).

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.