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STS-128 Discovery - Flight Day #15: EDW Landing








STS-128 Discovery (OV-103)
Landing Date: Sept. 11
Landing Time: 8:53 p.m. EDT
Landing Site: EDW - Runway 22

[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
[01]-STS-115 Atlantis • [02]-STS-116 Discovery • [03]-STS-117 Atlantis
[04]-STS-118 Endeavour • [05]-STS-120 Discovery • [06]-STS-122 Atlantis
[07]-STS-123 Endeavour • [08]-STS-124 Discovery • [09]-STS-126 Endeavour
[10]-STS-119 Discovery • [11]-STS-125 Atlantis • [12]-STS-127 Endeavour
[13]-STS-128 Discovery • [14]-STS-129 Atlantis • [15]-STS-130 Endeavour
[16]-STS-131 Discovery • [17]-STS-132 Atlantis • [18]-STS-133 Endeavour
[19]-STS-134 Discovery
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DISCOVERY CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 15 :: Orbit #212 :: 09:29AM EDT)
DEORBIT PREPARATIONS BEGIN (Orbit #214 :: 12:49PM EDT)
PAYLOAD BAY DOOR CLOSING (Orbit #215 :: 02:01PM EDT)
1ST KSC OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (Orbit #217 :: 4:41PM EDT)
MILA C-BAND RADAR ACQUISITION OF DISCOVERY (Orbit #217 :: 5:35PM EDT)
1ST KSC OPPORTUNITY LANDING (Orbit #217 :: 5:48PM EDT)
2ND KSC OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (Orbit #218 :: 6:17PM EDT)
2ND KSC OPPORTUNITY LANDING (Orbit #218 :: 7:23PM EDT)
1ST EDW OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (Orbit #219 :: 7:47PM EDT)
1ST EDW OPPORTUNITY LANDING (Orbit #219 :: 8:53PM EDT)
2ND EDW OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (Orbit #220 :: 9:23PM EDT)
2ND EDW OPPORTUNITY LANDING (Orbit #220 :: 10:28PM EDT)
POST-LANDING NEWS CONFERENCE (NET L+2 HRS)

Discovery Ready for Landing :: Wed, 09 Sep 2009 06:50:40 PM PDT :: Space shuttle Discovery underwent the Flight Control System checkout and Reaction Control System hotfire using all the primary jets. A piece of debris jarred loose from the shuttle during the checkout, though it was determined not to be a piece of the thermal protection system. Late inspection results cleared the Discovery's wing leading edge and nose cap and the shuttle is ready for landing. Thursday's landing opportunities begin with a planned deorbit burn at 5:59 p.m. EDT and a daylight landing at 7:05 p.m. The next opportunity is one hour after sunset with the deorbit burn at 7:36 p.m. EDT and a landing at 8:42 p.m. EDT.

Possible Engine Firing to Avoid Debris; Landing Scheduled Today :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:05:52 AM PDT :: Ground crews are trying to determine whether an orbital adjustment engine firing is needed to move space shuttle Discovery out of the path of a piece of orbital debris. If needed, the burn will be executed at 12:02 p.m. EDT. Thursday's landing opportunities begin with a planned deorbit burn at 5:59 p.m. EDT and a daylight landing at 7:05 p.m. The next opportunity is one hour after sunset with the deorbit burn at 7:36 p.m. EDT and a landing at 8:42 p.m. EDT.

Discovery to Perform Orbital Adjustment Burn :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 07:59:26 AM PDT :: Today's wakeup song was "Good Day Sunshine" by the Beatles, played for Pilot Kevin Ford at 10:59 a.m. EDT. Space shuttle Discovery will perform an orbital adjustment burn at 12:02 p.m. to avoid an unidentified piece of debris. The latest tracking data indicates that the debris will move in and out of the conjunction box around Discovery. The first time it would move within the box would be at about 12:55 p.m. Although unclear, the object is believed to be from the mission's third spacewalk. After the maneuver, the debris will no longer be an issue. This move will not have an impact on the shuttle's deorbit burn times scheduled for today, which begin with a planned deorbit burn at 5:59 p.m. and a daylight landing at 7:05 p.m. The next opportunity is one hour after sunset with the deorbit burn at 7:36 p.m. and a landing at 8:42 p.m.

Discovery Performs Orbital Adjustment Burn :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:08:20 AM PDT :: Space shuttle Discovery performed an orbital adjustment burn at 12:02 p.m. EDT to avoid an unidentified piece of debris. Although unclear, the object is believed to be from the mission's third spacewalk.

Payload Bay Doors Closed :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 01:04:19 PM PDT :: The STS-128 crew has closed Discovery’s payload bay doors. The weather conditions at Kennedy Space Center are being closely monitored.

Dynamic Weather Closely Watched :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 01:57:33 PM PDT :: The weather at the Kennedy Space Center is being monitored for a planned deorbit burn at 5:57 p.m. EDT and a daylight landing at 7:04 p.m. The second opportunity is one hour after sunset with the deorbit burn at 7:35 p.m. and a landing at 8:40 p.m.

Crew to Begin Fluid Loading, Suiting Up :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 02:04:24 PM PDT :: Mission control has given the crew a "go" to start fluid loading. It involves drinking large amounts of liquids and salt tablets to help readapt to gravity. The astronauts also are beginning to get into their launch/landing pressurized suits. Flight controllers continue to closely watch the weather, which is considered very dynamic. Currently, we are observed and forecast NO GO for the first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility tonight. Because of the debris avoidance maneuver conducted this afternoon, the deorbit burn now would be at 5:57 p.m. EDT for a landing at 7:04 p.m.

First Landing Opportunity Waved Off :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 02:25:38 PM PDT :: The weather forecast is "no go" today for the first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If the weather cooperates for the second Kennedy landing opportunity tonight, the deorbit burn would occur at 7:35 p.m. EDT with landing at 8:40 p.m.

Second Landing Opportunity Waved Off :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 04:28:51 PM PDT :: With the weather not cooperating Thursday for a second landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Discovery will stay in orbit another day.

No Go for KSC Landing Today :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 04:35:53 PM PDT :: The weather forecast is "no go" for tonight's second landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center because of the threat of rain and thunderstorms near the Shuttle Landing Facility. Entry Flight Director Richard Jones and his team are now looking at the weather forecast for a Kennedy landing tomorrow. Edwards Air Force Base in California also will be activated for possible landing possibilities.

Friday's Landing Outlook :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 05:15:22 PM PDT :: The STS-128 crew has been informed that Edwards Air Force Base will be activated for landing opportunities Friday. The weather at Kennedy Space Center Friday is forecast to be dynamic again. Weather at Edwards for Friday looks good.

Friday's Landing Strategy :: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:14:02 PM PDT :: Capcom Eric Boe informed the crew that if weather looks unfavorable for Friday’s first Kennedy Space Center landing opportunity, the entry team will focus early on the 2nd landing opportunity. If weather prevents landing on the 2nd Kennedy opportunity, Boe said the shuttle will land Friday at Edwards Air Force Base.

Kennedy Landings Waved off, Discovery to Land at Edwards :: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:42:59 PM PDT :: Mission Control has decided to target Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for today's landing since the weather at Kennedy is unstable. The deorbit burn is timelined to begin at 7:47 p.m. EDT for an 8:53 p.m. landing at Edwards. The burn lasts three to four minutes, slowing Discovery enough to begin its descent.

Flawless Landing Caps Great Mission, Officials Say :: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 07:07:06 PM PDT :: "It was great to get Discovery home, back on Earth," Launch Integration Manager Mike Moses said about an hour after the shuttle landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to end the STS-128 mission. "The orbiter performed almost flawlessly (during the mission)." It will take about a week for technicians at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to ready the shuttle for its flight across the country on the top of a modified 747, STS-128 Launch Director Pete Nickolenko said. The seven astronauts have left the shuttle and are expected to look around the bottom of the shuttle while it sits on the runway shortly.

Sturckow: Crew, Discovery 'Great' After Landing :: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 07:58:07 PM PDT :: Space shuttle Discovery touched down at Edwards Air Force Base In California on Friday to end a 14-day mission to the International Space Station dedicated to outfitting the orbital laboratory with new experiments, science equipment, supplies and other gear the six people living on the station will need. Unacceptable weather conditions at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Thursday and Friday forced the detour by Discovery to the West Coast. "We're very happy to be back on land here in California," STS-128 Commander Rick "C.J." Sturckow said after the astronauts got off the shuttle and surveyed their craft. "It was a great mission and we just want to thank everybody for their support." The crew of seven astronauts, including former station resident Tim Kopra, will fly to their training base at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Saturday. Meanwhile, technicians at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, adjacent to Edwards, will take about a week to get the spacecraft ready for its cross-country flight back to Kennedy atop a modified 747.

STS-128 MCC Status Report #29 :: 09.11.09 - Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew landed at 7:53 p.m. CDT Friday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., capping off a 14-day mission to deliver supplies and research facilities to the International Space Station and its six-person crew.

STS-128 Clock :: Landed: Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, 08:53 p.m. EDT  •  Landing Site: Edwards Air Force Base, California  •  Mission Elapsed Time: 13 days, 20 hours, 53 minutes, 45 seconds § Official Landing Times :: Main gear touchdown: 8:53:25 p.m. EDT  •  Nose gear touchdown: 8:53:34 p.m. EDT  •  Wheels stop: 8:54:35 p.m. EDT  •  Total miles: more than 5.7 million



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