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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-08-2005 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA will have several opportunities to land the Space Shuttle Discovery Tuesday, both at the Kennedy Space Center and two backup sites. Times are approximate and subject to change. All times CDT:

Primary landing site: Kennedy Space Center
4:07 a.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 3:01 a.m.)
5:43 a.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 4:37 a.m.)

First backup site: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
7:12 a.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 6:06 a.m.)
8:47 a.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 7:44 a.m.)

Second backup site: White Sands Test Facility, N.M.
5:39 a.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 4:33 a.m.)
7:13 a.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 6:09 a.m.)

There are landing opportunities Wednesday at all three sites, if needed. For more information about the Return to Flight mission on the Web, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight

Tom
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posted 08-08-2005 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting, Robert.
And for those of us in the New York area, Discovery and ISS will be visible in the pre-dawn sky on orbit 218...only if it misses it's first landing opportunity at KSC.
The shuttle will be trailing ISS by about 5 minutes. ISS will become visible in the SSW about 5:04 a.m. heading in a NE direction.

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posted 08-08-2005 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How many flights have landed at White Sands at this point? 2?

Tom
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posted 08-08-2005 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just one...STS-3

OV-105
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posted 08-08-2005 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok lets start the bets, Where is Discovery going to land. My money is on Edwards. The mornings have been real nice out here with thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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posted 08-08-2005 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So... what do the astronauts do with an extra day in space... do they get to relax and look out the window?

Noah

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posted 08-08-2005 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My bet is KSC on their 2nd orbit opportunity. It seems that NASA is bent on avoiding flying Discovery across the USA if at all possible.

Noah, I was watching NASA TV this morning and the announcer said that the crew is having a free day off enjoying looking out the window and finishing some clean up chores. I hope they brought a camera

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posted 08-08-2005 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it was STS 61-C back in 1986 shot every roll of film they had on the flight with all of their waveoffs. The STS-114 crew has done a great job they earned a day at the windows in my book.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-09-2005 03:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mission Control Houston called the crew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery to wave off the first landing opportunity at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Tuesday. Weather conditions at the landing site are not acceptable for that opportunity.

The second Florida opportunity is one orbit later. It would require a three-minute deorbit burn at 4:37 a.m. CDT, with touchdown occurring at 5:43.

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posted 08-09-2005 04:08 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like Edwards AFB is the call due to weather in Florida..

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-09-2005 04:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Continued instability at Kennedy Space Center has led Mission Control to wave off on the second landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center. Discovery's preparing for a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. today.

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posted 08-09-2005 04:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1202 Alarm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Goodbye KSC, now it's Edwards.

deorbit 6.06am touchdown 7.12am Central Time on runway 22.

(from me in front of Live Nasa TV at 5am11 EST)

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posted 08-09-2005 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They're Home! Way to Go Discovery!!!!

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posted 08-09-2005 07:24 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations to the STS 114 crew and mission control on a fantastic landing..great start to the morning!!!

Henry_Heatherbank
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posted 08-09-2005 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry_Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And a great end to the day in Adelaide, South Australia (landing time 9:40pm), Andy Thomas's home town.

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posted 08-09-2005 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is great to have Discovery back home in the AV at Edwards, sorry KSC. For me the AV will always be the home of the Shuttle. Now off to Domingo's!

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posted 08-09-2005 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son, newly stationed at Edwards AFB in flight test, witnessed the shuttle landing this AM.

He said it was rather hard to see in the dark, but no mistaking its arrival with the sonic booms and approach of 300 knots with the sound of the air flowing over the spacecraft.

Lucky dog.....

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