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After a successful eight-day mission, the space shuttle Columbia (STS-3) made history as the first to end on New Mexico soil when it landed at the Northrup strip on White Sands Missile Range. Solve Space by unscrambling this image and note the two T-38 chase planes escorting it in, learn more about STS-3, and discover how to tour a space shuttle replica at Space Center Houston!

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After the Shuttle’s landing was delayed by one day because of high winds at the White Sands landing site, rains flooded the dry lakebed at the primary landing site in California. That’s why the Space Shuttle landing was diverted to White Sands, New Mexico. Touchdown finally occurred at White Sands after a 194-hour mission.

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