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STS-128: Landing Pushed To Friday

Both of Discovery's landing oportunities were waved off today, due to storms in the KSC area. The weather does not look any better at KSC for tomorrow, so we are betting on a West Coast landing. NASA reports:

Friday Landing Opportunities in Florida and California

The Shuttle Landing Facility
Image above: The Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is the focus of attention as the STS-128 mission nears its end. The 3-mile-long runway was built specifically for the shuttle and it is one of the largest concrete runways in the world. Photo credit: NASA
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Mission Control has called off Thursday's final space shuttle landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center due to unstable weather conditions.

Two more Discovery landing opportunities are available Friday at Kennedy Space Center. The first begins with a de-orbit burn at 4:41 p.m. EDT and ends with landing at 5:48 p.m. The second opportunity begins with a de-orbit burn at 6:17 p.m. with a landing at 7:23 p.m.

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However, the Florida weather forecast is not any better than Thursday's. For that reason, Entry Flight Director Richard Jones has decided to call up Edwards Air Force Base in California as an alternate landing site for Friday.

The first landing opportunity in California begins with a de-orbit burn at 7:47 p.m. with a landing at 8:53 p.m. The final landing opportunity of the day would start with a de-orbit burn at 9:23 p.m. ending with a landing at 10:28 p.m

Live video at SFN and SpaceVidCast. Landing Blog at NASA. Flight Day 13 pics and video are up at the JSC Gallery. More clips at Space Multimedia. Discussion here. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

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