Sat, May 23, 2009
Sunday Looks Good For Landing At Kennedy
Atlantis is staying in orbit for another day...
I can see it now -- you are one of the privileged who have
worked your whole life for the one or few times that you actually
get to fly into space and once there, NASA tells you that you have
to stay in orbit for an extra day or two.
Those that know will testify to the fact that the magnificence
that is the view from high-orbit never dulls and if you wonder what
they're going to do with all that extra time, I have bit one
suggestion -- look out the window and love it/enjoy it/absorb it
while it lasts -- as that's where we'd be glued if the opportunity
As said above, Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew will stay in
space another day after bad weather prevented them from landing
Saturday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA Flight Director Norm Knight and the entry team will
evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before permitting the
shuttle to land. If the weather is not acceptable for a return to
Kennedy, the team will look to land at the secondary landing site,
Edwards Air Force Base in California. Regardless, White Sands Space
Harbor is not expected to be activated.
The landing times below are approximate and subject to change.
All times are Eastern:
Sunday Landing Opportunities
- 10:11 a.m., Orbit 196, landing at Kennedy (deorbit burn at 8:58
- 11:40 a.m., Orbit 197, landing at Edwards (deorbit burn at
- 11:49 a.m., Orbit 197, landing at Kennedy (deorbit burn at
- 01:19 p.m., Orbit 198, landing at Edwards (deorbit burn at
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