[sarex] Controllers Wave Off First Landing Attempt, Turn Hopes to Next Orbit
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Fri Jun 22 10:12:06 PDT 2007
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*Controllers Wave Off First Landing Attempt, Turn Hopes to Next Orbit*
Image above: Flight controllers at Mission Control in Houston assess
conditions for Atlantis' landing. Image credit: NASA TV
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Uncooperative weather at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., forced flight
controllers to pass on STS-117’s first landing attempt today. The crew
and the Mission Control team have turned their attention to the next
orbit, which has opportunities available in Florida and at Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif.
Kennedy is the primary site and the next landing opportunity at the
Florida spaceport is at 3:55 p.m. EDT. If flight controllers select this
option, Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee Archambault will perform
the deorbit engine burn at 2:50 p.m. to begin the descent to Florida.
The Edwards landing opportunity is at 3:49, with the deorbit occurring
Rain showers were the reason for the wave off of the first landing
attempt at Kennedy. Flight controllers and forecasters with the
Spaceflight Meteorology Group continue to monitor the weather at both
landing facilities. Two more opportunities – 5:23 p.m. and 6:59 p.m. --
are available to today at Edwards.
Landing will bring to an end a successful construction mission to the
International Space Station. Atlantis launched June 8 and arrived at the
station on 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.
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.
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