Picture of the Day: Practice Shuttle Landing With a Gulfstream II

566522main_2011-5036_full.jpg

Three days before a four-person team of astronauts would shuffle into the Atlantis and embark on the final Space Shuttle mission, STS-135 commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley practiced touch-and-go landings at the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. "The craft is a Gulfstream II jet that was modified to mimic the shuttle's handling during the final phase of landing," NASA explained. "These practice landings are a part of standard training procedures."

STS-135 is currently underway after a successful liftoff from Launch Pad 39A on Friday, July 8. Originally scheduled for 12 days, the mission to the International Space Station has been extended to 13. Follow along with the astronauts' progress with our daily updates here at The Atlantic Tech.

View more Pictures of the Day.

Image: NASA.

Presented by

Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Technology

Just In