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insanity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-09-05 01:31 PM
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52. She did great.
Commander Collins executed a picture perfect landing, which deservers respect, it is probally the hardest vechile to land (the speed at which the shuttle lands is 220 mph, which means if you don't know what you're doing you're going to hit pavement or create lift and try an impossible go around procedure). To answer the question of why she landed the shuttle: as commander, Collins is considered the Pilot in Command; it is her duty to ensure the safety of the crew at every stage of flight. The tradition in NASA (and aviation in general) is to allow the copilot to set up the approach (for stick time) and the PIC to actually land the plane. Overall, she did great, as a pilot and a leader.
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