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STS-127: Landing Day

Flight Day 17 should be homecoming day for Endeavour's astronauts.  NASA reports:

Endeavour Crew Prepares for Landing

S127-E-011976 -- Astronaut Julie Payette
Image above: STS-127 Mission Specialist Julie Payette is pictured on the aft flight deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Endeavour. Photo credit: NASA

Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to land at Florida's Kennedy Space Center today with a touchdown at 10:48 a.m. EDT. The shuttle would begin its descent from orbit with a deorbit engine firing at 9:42 a.m. Weather conditions at Kennedy are forecast to be favorable for landing, although a slight chance of rain is possible.

A second opportunity exists for a landing in Florida today, beginning with a deorbit engine firing at 11:16 a.m., leading to a 12:22 p.m. touchdown. No other shuttle landing sites are being considered for a landing today. If weather prevents a landing today, alternate landing sites would be called up for Saturday’s landing opportunities.

Thursday, Endeavour Commander Mark Polansky and Pilot Doug Hurley checked out the systems the shuttle will use as it returns home, finding everything in excellent shape. The crew also deployed two pairs of small satellites from canisters in the shuttle’s payload bay.

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STS-127 Additional Resources
› Mission Press Kit (6.9 Mb PDF)
› Mission Summary (429 Kb PDF)
› Meet the STS-127 Crew

Endeavour Set to Land
Friday's Landing Day Highlights (all times are listed in EDT)

5:53 a.m. Deorbit preparations begin
7:02 a.m. Payload bay door closing
7:15 a.m. Mission Control "go" for Ops 3 software transition
8:19 a.m. Endeavour astronauts suit up
8:42 a.m. Astronauts strap into their seats
8:58 a.m. Orbital Maneuvering System engine gimbal checks
9:09 a.m. Auxiliary power unit prestart
9:22 a.m. Mission Control "go/no-go" decision for the deorbit burn
9:27 a.m. Maneuver to the deorbit burn attitude
9:42 a.m. Deorbit burn
10:35 a.m. Merritt Island, Fla. tracking station acquires signal from Endeavour
10:48 a.m. Landing

Live HD webcast at SpaceVidCast. Landing blog at NASA. Flight Day 15 pics and video are up at the JSC Gallery. More pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

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