[sarex] NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis Set for Thursday Landing
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Wed Sep 20 14:07:54 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
Sept. 20, 2006
> Grey Hautaluoma
> Headquarters, Washington
> Tracy Young
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS SET FOR THURSDAY LANDING
> The Space Shuttle Atlantis, led by Commander Brent Jett, is scheduled
> to land at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Thursday, Sept. 21,
> completing space shuttle mission STS-115. Touchdown is expected at
> about 6:21 a.m. EDT at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis
> began its mission of nearly 12 days to the International Space
> Station on Sept. 9.
> The shuttle was originally scheduled to land on Wednesday, Sept. 20,
> but waved off due to weather conditions and the presence of unknown
> objects near the shuttle. After additional inspection of the vehicle
> yesterday and today for possible orbital debris damage, the mission
> management team gave its approval for landing.
> Landing is slated to occur on orbit 187 at the mission-elapsed time of
> 11 days, 19 hours, six minutes. The deorbit burn will occur at 5:14
> a.m. EDT. A second Kennedy landing opportunity is available at 7:57
> a.m. EDT, with the deorbit burn at 6:51 a.m. EDT.
> Mission managers are expected to attempt a landing only at Kennedy
> Thursday unless there are technical reasons that would necessitate
> other plans.
> If landing occurs as scheduled, this will be the 63rd landing at
> Kennedy in the history of the shuttle program. Atlantis will be
> serviced and prepared for its next mission, STS-117, set for February
> About an hour after touchdown, the STS-115 crew members will undergo
> initial physical examinations and meet with their families. A post
> landing news conference with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will
> be held no earlier than 8 a.m. EDT. A post-mission press conference
> with the STS-115 crew is scheduled at Kennedy's News Center no
> earlier than six hours after landing. Questions for both events will
> be taken only at Kennedy.
> Kennedy's News Center will open for landing activities at 3 a.m. EDT
> Thursday, Sept. 21 and close at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The STS-115 mission
> badges are in effect through landing. The pass and identification
> building on State Road 3 will be open for media badging activities on
> Thursday from 3 to 4:30 a.m. EDT. The last bus will depart from
> Kennedy's Press Site for the Shuttle Landing Facility an hour before
> For the latest information on the STS-115 mission, visit:
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