[sarex] Space Shuttle Crew Arrives in Florida
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Fri Oct 19 14:25:53 PDT 2007
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*Space Shuttle Crew Arrives in Florida*
The Shuttle Training Aircraft carrying the STS-120 astronauts touched
down on Friday at the Shuttle Landing Facility runway at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida.
"There's something special about showing up in Florida," said Commander
Pam Melroy. "There's a time when you need to talk, and the Flight
Readiness Review was a time to talk. Then there's a time when you need
to go do it. And I'm happy to say we're really here, and ready to go do
Melroy said she and her crew are "totally confident" that Discovery's
reinforced carbon-carbon heat shield is capable of protecting them on
the ride home.
Discovery's crew.Image Above: Commander Pam Melroy, with her crew behind
her, greets the press upon touch down at the Shuttle Landing Facility in
Florida. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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The crew's arrival follows the detailed flight readiness review on
Tuesday, after which NASA senior managers announced Oct. 23 as the
official launch date. Discovery is scheduled to lift off at 11:38 a.m.
EDT on its mission to the International Space Station.
The 14-day mission includes five spacewalks – four by shuttle crew
members and one by the station’s Expedition 16 crew. Discovery is
expected to complete its mission and return home at 4:47 a.m. EST on Nov. 6.
Looking ahead to launch-day weather, there is a 40% probability that
weather could prohibit liftoff.
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