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Google Earth Plug-in: Buran - Landing strip

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At 9 h 24 min 42 s a.m., after the execution of an orbital flight, went through the atmosphere on approximately 8000 km and with an advance of 1 s on the initial planning, the shuttle smoothly touches the landing strip and after a small race, it is immobilized at 9 h 25 min 24 s a.m. . The accompaniment plane passes overhead to also land on its landing strip. It is an extraordinary, precise and elegant landing of a 80 t shuttle ! It's unbelievable. It seems that the most talented pilot could not make a better landing, it is simply mind-blowing. It is an explosion of joy which invades the personnel having taken part in this project by looking at the shuttle achieving its landing.

During the 10 following minutes, the on-board systems are re-initialized then shutting down. The payload is dismounted, the recordings are removed. Then the tanks for the fuel cell, the principal engine, the orbital maneuvering system are emptied, the additional batteries (for the measuring apparatus) are removed. The shuttle is cleaned. Thorough tests as well electric as mechanics are accomplished to detect possible problems.

The program of the 1 er trial flight is completely accomplished.

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