[sarex] Space Shuttle Atlantis Set to Land Thursday in Florida

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Tue Jun 19 12:07:00 PDT 2007

> June 19, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-3749
> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> 321-867-2468
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - On Thursday, June 21, the space shuttle 
> Atlantis is scheduled to complete a 13-day mission to the 
> International Space Station with a landing in Florida. The STS-117 
> mission increased the station's power capability and delivered a new 
> station crew member.
> NASA flight directors will evaluate weather conditions at NASA's 
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla., before permitting Atlantis to return to 
> Earth. Thursday's landing opportunities at Kennedy are at 1:54 p.m. 
> and 3:29 p.m. EDT. The backup landing sites at Edwards Air Force 
> Base, Calif., and White Sands Space Harbor, N.M., will not be 
> considered on Thursday. 
> Two hours after landing, NASA officials will hold a briefing to 
> discuss the STS-117 mission. The participants are:
> - NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden
> - NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier
> - NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach
> After touchdown, the astronauts will undergo initial physical 
> examinations and meet with their families. Some crew members are 
> expected to hold a news conference six hours after returning to 
> Earth.
> If weather prevents a Kennedy landing Thursday, NASA will activate 
> backup landing sites for Friday. NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center 
> at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has limited facilities available 
> to previously accredited journalists. For further information, call 
> Dryden Public Affairs Office at 661-276-3449. 
> If White Sands Space Harbor is called up for strong consideration as a 
> shuttle landing site, media desiring credentials to cover a landing 
> there should contact the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs 
> Office at 505-678-1134. Journalists with STS-117 mission badges from 
> NASA will be issued credentials.
> For the latest information on the STS-117 mission, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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