The space shuttle Endeavour ends a construction mission (STS-127) to the International Space Station by landing at Kennedy Space Center around 10:48 a.m. on 31 July 2009. The top images show very distant views of Endeavour turning on the “heading alignment cylinder,” which is a big turn to line up with the runway. Endeavour is approximately three minutes and many miles away from landing in these images. Note the contrails briefly coming off the wing tips in the center image as Endeavour dives toward the runway. The bottom image shows wheels down moments before landing. The actual landing was obscured by trees.
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