From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2009
After the weather in Florida prevented Atlantis from landing yesterday, the crew is readying for another attempt today. The crew woke up at 12:01 a.m. CDT to “Where My Heart Will Take Me” performed by Russell Watson. It was played for the entire crew.
There are three landing opportunities available for Atlantis at both Kennedy and Edwards today. The Kennedy weather forecast is expected to improve somewhat, but there is a chance that weather in the vicinity of the Shuttle Landing Facility will be unfavorable. The Edwards forecast is generally favorable for all three opportunities.
Landing preparations will begin at 3 a.m. The closing of the payload bay doors is scheduled to occur at 4:22 a.m.
For the first Kennedy opportunity, the crew would execute a deorbit burn at 7:01 a.m. and land at 8:15 a.m. The second Kennedy opportunity calls for a deorbit burn at 8:45 a.m. and landing at 9:54 a.m. The third Florida opportunity would begin with a deorbit burn at 10:29 a.m. and result in landing at 11:33 a.m.
The first California landing opportunity would start with a deorbit burn at 8:29 a.m., and result in landing at 9:45 a.m. The second Edwards opportunity would begin with a deorbit burn at 10:11 a.m. and culminate in an 11:23 a.m. landing. The third opportunity would require a deorbit burn at 11:55 a.m. and end with landing at 1:02 p.m.
The next status report will be issued after landing today or at the end of the crew’s day if landing is waived off.
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