'A Kind of Wheelie': The Desert Landing of STS-3

Flanked by two NASA T-38 jets, flying chase, Columbia touches down in the mountain-ringed expanse of White Sands Missile Range on 30 March 1982. Photo Credit: NASA

More than three decades ago—and two full years ahead of the first shuttle launch—NASA took the unusual step of picking a great white blotch of compacted […]