Saturday, March 28, 2009

Discovery Go for 3:14 pm KSC Landing Today

Following a one orbit landing delay due to winds and clouds layers, NASA's Mission Control in Houston told the crew just now that they are go to perform a three minute burn which will take them out of orbit and glide them home for landing

The deorbit burn will occur at 2:08 pm EDT, and this will set Discovery up for a landing on the 202nd orbit of here STS-119 mission at 3:14 pm, at the Kennedy Space Center. Landing will occur on Runway 15, thus Discovery will land from north to south.

Discovery's crew is led by commander Lee Archambault, along with Pilot Tony Antonelli, and Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Ricky Arnold and Sandy Magnus, they are coming home following the deployment and installation of a huge new set of solar arrays for the right side of the space station.

For Magnus, this will be a sweet homecoming following 134 days in space as a member of the Expedition 18 crew.

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