[sarex] Controllers Turn Eyes to California for Shuttle Landing
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Fri Jun 22 11:17:07 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Controllers Turn Eyes to California for Shuttle Landing*
Shuttle Training AircraftImage above: Astronaut Scott Altman approaches
the runway at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in a Shuttle Training Aircraft to assess
landing conditions. Image credit: NASA TV
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Flight controllers decided to try landing at Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif., after weather failed to improve at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STS-117 Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Lee Archambault are scheduled
to perform the deorbit engine burn at 1843 UTC. to begin the descent for
a 1949 UTC landing at Edwards.
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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+ The Integrated Truss Structure
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