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STS-133: Landing Day

Today will see the last-ever landing day for Shuttle Discovery (barring any weather-related wave-offs). Weather conditions at KSC are looking good, with winds being the only concern. Edwards has not been called up for today's landing attempts. Touchdown is scheduled for just before noon EST (1657 UT). NASA reports:

Crew Preps for Today's Landing

STS-133 Landing Track

After flying a flawless mission in space, space shuttle Discovery and its six astronauts are getting ready for their return to Earth. Landing is scheduled for 11:57 a.m. EST at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Landing Day Highlights (All times EST)
6:53 a.m. Deorbit Prep begins
8:12 a.m. Payload Bay Doors Closing
8:22 a.m. Mission Control: “Go” for Ops 3 Transition
9:29 a.m. Clothing Configuration
9:52 a.m. Seat Ingress
10:19 a.m. OMS Gimbal Check
10:30 a.m. Auxiliary Power Unit Prestart
10:42 a.m. MCC “Go-No Go” Decision for the Deorbit Burn
10:47 a.m. Maneuver to the Deorbit Burn Attitude
10:52 a.m. Deorbit Burn
11:44 a.m. Merritt Island, Fla., tracking station Acquisition of Signal from Discovery
11:57 a.m. Landing at Kennedy Space Center

Additional STS-133 Resources
› Countdown highlights
› Launch Week Events
› STS-133 Press Kit (11.4 Mb PDF)
› STS-133 Mission Summary (778 Kb PDF)
› STS-133 Crew
› Discovery facts (351 Kb PDF)
› Discovery's Career in Photos
› Discovery Retrospective
› Tanking Test Details (Dec. 17, 2010)

Live HD coverage at SpaceVidCast. Live video at SFN and Florida Today. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Landing blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV. Follow us on Twitter!

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