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News From Space! » STS-128: Flight Day 14


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STS-128: Flight Day 14

The Shuttle crew will be waking up later this morning to begin what should be Landing Day. Discovery is scheduled to touch down at KSC this evening - but Florida's summer storms may keep the astronauts in orbit for another dayNASA reports:

Discovery Ready for Landing

The STS-128 crew
Image above: The STS-128 crew answers questions during an interview while aboard space shuttle Discovery. Credit: NASA TV

Discovery’s heat shield was cleared for landing Wednesday, and the crew checked out the systems that will be used to control the space shuttle’s return to Earth.

The first landing opportunity is planned for 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday, but Mission Control is keeping a close watch on weather conditions at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A second opportunity is available on the following orbit at 8:42 p.m.

Commander Rick Sturckow and Pilot Kevin Ford spent Wednesday preparing the shuttle for re-entry, completing a checkout of the flight control systems and test-firing the shuttle’s reaction control system thrusters.

STS-128 Additional Resources
› Mission Summary (593 Kb PDF)
› Press Kit (3.7 Mb PDF)
› More about STS-128 Crew

Live HD webcast at SpaceVidCast. Flight Day 12 pics and video are up at the JSC Gallery. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion here. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

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