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STS-134: Landing Early Wed Morning

Endeavour will land for the last time at 2:35AM EDT Wednesday 1 June 2010. Follow us on Twitter for live updates!

Live HD coverage at SpaceVidCast. Live video at SFN and Florida Today. 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.

STS-134: Launch Monday

Endeavour will lift off Monday morning at 8:56AM EDT on her final flight. Follow us on Twitter for live updates! NASA image of STS-134 patch

Live HD coverage at SpaceVidCast. Live video at SFN and Florida Today. Launch 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.

STS-128: Touchdown!

Discovery has come in for a smooth California landing  on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base after a 2-week resupply mission to the International Space Station.

STS-128 Discovery contrails"Congratulations on an extremely sucessful mission, stepping up science to a new level on the International Space Station!"

Returning from the ISS is Tim Kopra, who was replaced on the station by Nicole Stott. She arrived at the ISS as part of Discovery's crew, and she will return home later this year on STS-129.

Unofficial Numbers:

Wheel Stop: 8:54:35PM EDT
Main Gear Touchdown: MET 13d 20h 53m 45s
Nose Gear Touchdown: MET 13d 20h 53m 54s
Wheel Stop: MET 13d 20h 54m 55s

STS-128: Deorbit Burn

Discovery has successfully fired its maneuvering engines, allowing the spacecraft to fall out of orbit for the trip to Edwards Air Force Base. Discovery and the STS-128 crew will be traveling at Mach 25 through the Earth's atmosphere before slowing down to about 220MPH for touchdown at 8:53PM EDT.
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STS-128: Landing At Edwards

Bad weather at Kennedy Space Center prompted mission managers to opt for the West Coast landing site at Edwards AFB. The deorbit burn is scheduled for 7:47PM EDT, which should bring Discovery in for touchdown at 8:53PM after 219 orbits. NASA reports:

Second Opportunity Waved Off; Edwards Targeted

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center
Image above: NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is adjacent to Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. Discovery is slated to touch down on the Edwards runway this evening. After that, the shuttle will be moved to the Mate/De-Mate Device at Dryden, which is in the lower portion of this aerial photograph. Also note the huge compass rose, which is painted on the desert floor for the benefit of the test pilots who fly at the base. Photo credit: NASA
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Weather conditions forced flight controllers to pass on both landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Mission Control has decided to target Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for today's landing since the weather at Kennedy is unstable.

The first landing opportunity in California has a deorbit burn time of 7:47 p.m. EDT with landing at 8:53 p.m. The second opportunity would start with a deorbit burn at 9:23 p.m. and end with a landing at 10:28 p.m.

A landing today will complete a two-week flight for Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Kevin Ford, and mission specialists Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez, Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang. Today is the 58th day in space for their crewmate Tim Kopra, who launched on shuttle mission STS-127 in July and spent two months on the International Space Station as an Expedition 20 crew member.

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Landing blog at NASA. Live video with chat at SpaceVidCast. More clips at Space Multimedia. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

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.

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.

STS-128: Undocking Tuesday Afternoon

Flight Day 12 will see Discovery undock from the ISS and begin its journey home. Coming along for the ride will be Buzz Lightyear. The action figure arrived at the Station last year, and will return to Earth for "several debriefing sessions," and a parade with the real BuzzNASA reports:

Shuttle, Station to Undock Today

S128-E-007429: Soyuz and Discovery docked to International Space Station
Image above: This scene, photographed from the International Space Station while docked with space shuttle Discovery, shows the orbiter, the shuttle's robotic arm and a Soyuz vehicle docked with the orbital outpost. Credit: NASA

After closing the hatches between the two spacecraft last night, the two crews aboard space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station prepare to undock today.

Shuttle commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Kevin Ford and mission specialists Tim Kopra, Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez, Danny Olivas, and Christer Fuglesang, will focus on preparations for the undocking from the station.

They are scheduled to undock from the station at 3:26 p.m. EDT. Once safely separated from the orbiting complex by about 450 feet, Ford will conduct a flyaround of the space station. The maneuver provides an opportunity to get video of the station that can be used to inspect for damage or general condition of the vehicle’s exterior. A final separation burn is expected at 5:09 p.m.

Later, the shuttle crew will again engage the shuttle robotic arm, its extension boom and cameras for a last look at the thermal protection system to check for any damage.

Discovery Set to Depart Station

The Expedition 20 and STS-128 crews say goodbye
Image above: The Expedition 20 and STS-128 crews say goodbye before closing the hatches between the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery. Credit: NASA TV

With over a week of docked operations behind them, the astronauts and cosmonauts said their goodbyes and closed the hatches between the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery at 11:41 p.m. EDT Monday.

The 13 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station completed final transfer work between the two spacecraft and returned the high-tech moving van “Leonardo” back to the orbiter’s payload bay Monday.

Arriving aboard Discovery was the newest Expedition 20 crew member, Nicole Stott, who switched places with Mission Specialist Tim Kopra. Stott will handle flight engineer duties aboard the station until her return home aboard Atlantis following the STS-129 mission in November.

Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Pics and video at Space Multimedia. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.