Sunday, August 07, 2005

Discovery set to return early Monday morning

The landing for the Space Shuttle Discovery is set for 3:47 a.m. CDT Monday. According to NASA:

Discovery has two opportunities to land at the Kennedy Space Center on Monday. The first begins with a 3 minute, 7 second deorbit burn of the Orbital Maneuvering System engines at 2:40 a.m., followed by landing at 3:47 a.m. CDT.

In the event weather prevents landing on that first opportunity, a second is available, with deorbit burn at 4:15 a.m. resulting in a 5:22 a.m. CDT landing. It will be the 15th night landing in Florida and 20th overall for the Space Shuttle Program.

Although no problems are anticipated for the landing, I'm guessing there will not be a fingernail left at Mission Control by the time it's over.

We wish them Godspeed.

A show of hands from Mission Specialist Steve Robinson.
Credit: NASA

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