[sarex] Poor Weather Delays Landing; Next Opportunity at 1930 UTC
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*Poor Weather Delays Landing; Next Opportunity at 3:30*
Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space CenterImage above: The Shuttle
Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
awaits the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis. Image credit: NASA TV
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An unfavorable weather forecast at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., forced
flight controllers to pass on STS-117’s first landing opportunity. Hopes
now turn to the day’s second opportunity at 3:30 p.m. EDT.
The culprit is thunderstorms in the vicinity of the Shuttle Landing
Facility. Flight controllers and forecasters with the Spaceflight
Meteorology Group continue to monitor weather conditions at and around
the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Florida spaceport.
Chief Astronaut Steve Lindsey has been providing additional weather
information while flying the Shuttle Training Aircraft in the vicinity
of the landing facility.
If flight controllers give STS-117 the go-ahead to land on the second
opportunity, Orbit 203, Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee
Archambault will fire Atlantis’ thrusters at 2:25 p.m. to begin the
descent to Florida.
If flight controllers wave off for second time today, opportunities are
available Friday in Florida and at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Atlantis launched June 8 and arrived at the International Space Station
June 10. While at the orbital outpost, the crew installed the Starboard
3 and 4 truss segment and conducted four spacewalks to activate it.
During the third spacewalk, the crew repaired an out of position thermal
blanket on the left orbital maneuvering system pod.
Atlantis also delivered a new station crew member, Flight Engineer
Clayton Anderson. He replaced astronaut Suni Williams, who is the new
record holder for a long-duration single spaceflight for a woman. She
arrived at the station in December with STS-116. If Atlantis lands on
the first opportunity, Williams’ spaceflight will end at 193 days, 16
hours and 8 minutes. STS-117 is the 118th shuttle mission and 21st
mission to visit the space station. The next mission, STS-118, is slated
to launch in August.
STS-117 is the 118th shuttle mission and 21st mission to visit th
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