[sarex] Shuttle Payload Bay Doors Close for Landing
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Fri Dec 22 10:19:57 PST 2006
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*Shuttle Payload Bay Doors Close for Landing*
Image above: The Aurora Borealis, also known as "northern lights", is
featured in this photograph taken by a STS-116 crew member onboard
Discovery during flight day 11 activities. Image Credit: NASA TO SEE
PICTURE GO TO:
The STS-116 crew closed Space Shuttle Discovery’s payload bay doors
about 12:13 p.m. EST in preparation for a 3:56 p.m. landing at Kennedy
Space Center, Fla.
If flight controllers elect to take this landing opportunity, Commander
Mark Polansky will fire Discovery's jets to begin the descent to Kennedy
at 2:49 p.m.
All three landing sites have been activated today due to forecasts of
questionable weather at Kennedy and Edwards Air Force Base in
California. The forecast for the White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico
Six more opportunities are available today if flight controllers pass on
the first. The last opportunity at Kennedy is at 5:32 p.m. Three exist
at Edwards – 5:27 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:36 p.m. Two are available at White
Sands – 5:27 p.m. and 7:02 p.m.
The STS-116 crew is returning home after a successful mission to the
International Space Station. While at the station, the crew continued
the construction of the outpost with the addition of the P5 spacer truss
segment during the first of four spacewalks. The next two spacewalks
rewired the station’s power system, leaving it in a permanent setup. A
fourth spacewalk was added to allow the crew to retract solar arrays
that had folded improperly.
Discovery also delivered a new crew member and more than two tons of
equipment and supplies to the station, most of which were located in the
SPACEHAB cargo module. Almost two tons of items no longer needed on the
station are returning to Earth with STS-116.
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