Where do you land a space shuttle?

NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, has one of the longest runways in the world—4,572 metres or 15,000 feet. It is used for space shuttle landings, plus landings and take-offs of the Shuttle Training Aircraft (a modified business jet), the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (a modified Boeing 747 that can carry the shuttle on its back) and other NASA, government and civilian aircraft.

The runway also has a nickname, the “gator tanning facility,” due to the number of alligators found basking on it. The Kennedy Space Centre is a wildlife refuge as well as a launch and landing facility!

Story by Jonathan Nally, Editor, SpaceInfo.com.au

Video courtesy NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre.

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