Space Shuttle Discovery Set to Land Saturday

March 25, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- The space shuttle Discovery's crew is expected to complete its mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 28. The return to Earth will conclude a 13-day flight. Nine of those days were spent docked to the station.

During the STS-119 mission, the shuttle and station crews installed and deployed the final set of . The arrays provide the electricity to fully power science experiments and support the station's expanded crew of six in May. The flight also delivered Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, who replaced space station crew member Sandra Magnus. She spent more than four months aboard the station and will return to Earth aboard Discovery.

The entry flight control team in Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will evaluate at Kennedy before permitting Discovery to return to Earth. Saturday's opportunities at Kennedy are at 1:43 p.m. and 3:19 p.m. If weather prevents a Kennedy landing Saturday, the secondary landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., will be activated Sunday for consideration as well.

Approximately two hours after landing, officials will hold a media briefing to discuss the mission.

After touchdown in Florida, the astronauts will undergo physical examinations and meet with their families.

Provided by JPL/NASA (news : web)

Explore further: Discovery Set To Land Wednesday

Related Stories

Discovery Set To Land Wednesday

November 6, 2007

The space shuttle Discovery crew is scheduled to complete a 15-day mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Discovery crew arrives at Cape Canaveral

July 10, 2005

At approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening, the crew of STS-114 arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the July 13 launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.

Atlantis and Crew Back on Earth

September 21, 2006

Space Shuttle Atlantis and the six STS-115 astronauts are back on Earth this morning after a 6:21 a.m. EDT landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Shuttle Discovery Launches to Fully Power Space Station

March 16, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:43 p.m. EDT Sunday to deliver the final set of power-generating solar array wings and a new crew member to ...

Atlantis Set to Land Today

June 22, 2007

Flight controllers decided to try landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after weather failed to improve at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Shuttle Discovery Glides Home After Successful Mission

June 14, 2008

With Commander Mark Kelly and Pilot Ken Ham at the controls, space shuttle Discovery descended to a smooth landing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The STS-124 crew concluded their successful assembly mission to the International ...

Recommended for you

Swarm explores a new feature of the northern lights

April 21, 2017

Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so … it was called Steve.

Detecting life in the ultra-dry Atacama Desert

April 21, 2017

Few places are as hostile to life as Chile's Atacama Desert. It's the driest non-polar desert on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed to extreme temperatures ...

New look at 2004's martian hole-in-one site

April 21, 2017

A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.