[sarex] FINAL STS-116 REPORT
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Sun Dec 24 13:56:52 PST 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
5 p.m. CST Friday, Dec. 22, 2006
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STATUS REPORT: STS-116-27
STS-116 MCC Status Report #27
The crew of Space Shuttle Discovery made it home in time for Christmas,
gliding to a perfect landing as the sun set over NASA's Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.
Discovery touched down on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at
4:32 p.m. CST. The crew had spent 12 days, 20 hours and 44 minutes in
flight. Discovery’s nose gear touched down at 4:32 p.m. exactly, and the
shuttle's wheels came to a stop 52 seconds later.
After an afternoon in limbo, weather conditions along Florida’s Space
Coast took a dramatic turn for the better, giving flight controllers
confidence that a band of approaching showers would dissipate before the
orbiter’s arrival. The first opportunity for landing at Kennedy was
waved off because of stormy weather, and first chance at Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif., passed due to gusty winds.
The landing was the 63rd to touch down in Florida, but did not qualify
as a night landing.
Discovery crew members, Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Bill Oefelein,
and mission specialists Bob Curbeam, Nicholas Patrick, Christer
Fuglesang, Joan Higginbotham and Thomas Reiter, who is returning home
after about six months on the station, will return to Houston on
Saturday. A welcoming ceremony for the crew's return to Houston is
planned at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at NASA Hangar 276 at Ellington Field.
During Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station, the crew
continued construction of the outpost adding the P5 spacer truss segment
during the first of four spacewalks. The next two spacewalks rewired the
station’s power system, preparing it to support the station’s final
configuration and the arrival of additional science modules. A fourth
spacewalk was added to allow the crew to retract solar arrays that had
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 returned to Earth with STS-116.
The next shuttle mission, targeted for March, will deliver a second
starboard truss segment and a third set of solar arrays and batteries
during the Space Shuttle Program's 21st mission to the station.
This is the final STS-116 mission status report.
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