[sarex] STS-118 Set to Return Home Today
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Tue Aug 21 03:58:05 PDT 2007
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*STS-118 Set to Return Home Today*
Space Shuttle Endeavour and the STS-118 crew are scheduled to return
home today, ending a successful assembly mission to the International
Space Station. Landing is scheduled for 12:32 p.m. EDT(1632 UTC) at
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
The seven astronauts will make final preparations this morning for
landing. The payload bay doors are scheduled to be closed at 8:45
a.m.(1245 UTC) If flight controllers decide to press ahead with landing,
Commander Scott Kelly and Pilot Charles Hobaugh will fire Endeavour’s
engines at 11:25 a.m.(1525 UTC) to begin the descent to Kennedy.
If flight controllers choose to pass on the first opportunity a second
one is available at the Florida spaceport. It calls for touchdown at
2:06 p.m., (1806 UTC)with the deorbit burn at 1 p.m.(1700 UTC) White
Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico will not be called up today as a
possible site. Edwards AFB, Calif., will be staffed, but is not expected
to be used.
+ View STS-118 landing ground tracks
Weather forecasts at Kennedy generally are favorable.
While at the station, the STS-118 crew continued the on-orbit
construction with the addition of the Starboard 5 truss and conducted
joint operations with the Expedition 15 crew. The crew conducted four
spacewalks, which included the S5 installation and replacement of an
attitude control gyroscope. The two crews also transferred several tons
of cargo between the two spacecraft.
Landing will also bring to an end the first flight for Mission
Specialist Barbara Morgan, an educator who was selected to become a
mission specialist astronaut. She was first selected by NASA in 1985 as
the backup to Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe.
Following the Challenger accident in 1986, Morgan continued to work with
NASA on educational activities and returned to teaching elementary
school in Idaho. She returned to NASA as an astronaut in 1998.
*Hurricane Dean Information*
On-orbit Hurricane Dean Video: + Real Video
| + Windows Media
+ NASA Hurricane Resource Page
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