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March 30

STS-3, Columbia, lands at 9:04:46 a.m. MST, Runway 17, Northrup Strip, White Sands, New Mexico. Crew: Commander, Jack R. Lousma, and Pilot, C. Gordon Fullerton Rollout distance: 13,737 feet. Rollout time: 84 seconds. Landing site changed from Edwards to White Sands due to wet conditions on Edwards dry lake bed landing site. High winds at White Sands resulted in one day extension of mission. Some brake damage upon landing and dust storm caused extensive contamination of orbiter.
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