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STS-131 Discovery FD #16 :: KSC Landing








STS-131 Discovery (OV-103)
Primary Payload: Leonardo MPLM
Launch Date: April 5, 2010
Launch Time: 6:21:22 a.m. EDT
Landing: April 20, 2010
Landing Time: 9:08 a.m. EDT
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Mission Duration: 15 days
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6°/122nm

[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 Discovery
[19]-STS-134 Endeavour § PTB :: [01]-STS-135 • [02]-STS-136 • [03]-STS-137
[04]-STS-138 • [05]-STS-139 • [06]-STS-140 • [07]-STS-141 • [08]-STS-142
[09]-STS-143 • [10]-STS-144 • [11]-STS-145 • [12]-STS-146 • [13]-STS-147
[14]-STS-148 • [15]-STS-149 • [16]-STS-150 • [17]-STS-151 • [18]-STS-152
[19]-STS-153 • [20]-STS-154 • [21]-STS-155 • [22]-STS-156

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DISCOVERY CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 16)  (Orbit #233 :: 10:21PM  CDT)
DEORBIT PREPARATIONS BEGIN (Orbit #235 :: 01:41AM CDT)
PAYLOAD BAY DOOR CLOSING (Orbit #236 :: 02:48AM CDT)
2ND KSC OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (Orbit #238 :: 07:02AM CDT)
MILA C-BAND RADAR ACQUISITION OF DISCOVERY (Orbit #238 :: 08:55AM EDT)
2ND KSC OPPORTUNITY LANDING (Orbit #239 :: 09:08AM EDT)
STS-131 - LANDING VIDEOS



S131-E-010008 (14 April 2010) --- STS-131 and Expedition 23 crew members gather for a group portrait in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station while space shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station. STS-131 crew members pictured (light blue shirts) are NASA astronauts Alan Poindexter, commander; James P. Dutton Jr., pilot; Clayton Anderson, Rick Mastracchio, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, all mission specialists. Expedition 23 crew members pictured are Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, commander; Mikhail Kornienko and Alexander Skvortsov; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and NASA astronauts T.J. Creamer and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, all flight engineers.

STS-131 Mission Statistics :: Landed: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:08 a.m. EDT • Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida • Mission Elapsed Time: 15 days, 2 hours, 47 minutes, 10 seconds § Official Landing Times :: Main gear touchdown: 9:08:35 a.m. EDT • Nose gear touchdown: 9:08:47 a.m. EDT • Wheels stop: 9:09:33 a.m. EDT • Total miles: more than 6.2 million.


 • [Max-Q] STS-131: Passing of the Blue Crown • 



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Godspeed, STS-132 Atlantis Commander



NHF 1504 = 1ST LANDING OPPORTUNITY - ORBIT 222 :: FT. PECK LAKE, MT (MACH 22) • PIERRE, SD (MACH 20) • SIOUX CITY, IA (MACH 18) • E. OF ST. LOUIS (MACH 16) • E. OF MEMPHIS, TN (MACH 14) • NE OF TUPELO, MS (MACH 12) • COLUMBUS, GA (MACH 10) • W. OF JACKSONVILLE, FL (MACH 4) • KSC (STS-131 Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 222: flyover cities during first landing attempt) = AS THE EAGLE LIFTED OFF FROM TRANQUILITY BASE ON JULY 21, AT 1:54 PM EDT, THE MOON WAS ABOUT TO RISE OVER THE HORIZON AT MISSION CONTROL AT HOUSTON. NOTABLE IS THE ALTITUDE OF JUPITER AND URANUS AT THIS RISING: 19.5° (Masonic Astronomy) = BUDGET OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, FISCAL YEAR 2011 CONTAINS THE BUDGET MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION ON THE PRESIDENT'S PRIORITIES, BUDGET OVERVIEWS ORGANIZED BY AGENCY, AND SUMMARY TABLES.

NHF 1557 = 2ND LANDING OPPORTUNITY - ORBIT 223 :: S. OF SEATTLE, WA • ROCK SPRINGS, WY (MACH 22) • NE OF DENVER, CO (MACH 20) • TULSA, OK (MACH 18) • LITTLE ROCK, AR (MACH 16) • STARKVILLE, MS (MACH 14) • SE OF MONTGOMERY, AL (MACH 10) • S. OF TALLAHASSEE, FL (MACH 6) • KSC (STS- 131 Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 223: flyover cities during first landing attempt) = YET, EVEN TO THE LAYMAN, IT OUGHT TO BE EVIDENT THAT BALANCE AND FITNESS ARE ESSENTIAL TO ANY PERFECTION, AND THE ELUCIDATION OF THESE TWO TANGLES IN THE LAST 150 YEARS IS UNDOUBTEDLY A VERY REMARKABLE PHENOMENON ({10} Book of Thoth).

Monday Landings Waved Off :: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 06:03:51 AM PDT :: Mission Control Entry Flight Director Bryan Lunney has given Discovery's seven astronauts a "no go" to perform the deorbit burn and decided to wave off the 10:23 a.m. EDT landing opportunity because of continued low cloud coverage at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. The first Kennedy landing opportunity Tuesday is on orbit 237 with a deorbit burn at 6:28 a.m. and landing at 7:34 a.m. Edwards Air Force Base also is expected to be called up for Tuesday landing opportunities.

Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 238 :: Over Vancouver, Canada · Over northeast Washington · Near Helena, Montana · Over central Wyoming west of Casper · Over southwest Nebraska · Over northeast Colorado · Over southwest Kansas · Over Oklahoma northeast of Tulsa · Over Arkansas north of Little Rock · Over Oxford, Mississippi · Over Alabama near Montgomery · Over Georgia north of Albany, east of Valdosta and south of Columbus · Over Florida east of Gainesville, west of Jacksonville on into KSC.

"Really Great Mission" for Discovery and Crew :: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 02:38:56 PM PDT :: Mission managers held a post-landing news conference at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and described the mission as very successful. "Wrapping up 131 here from Discovery -- a really great mission. A lot of good science and a lot of good stuff delivered up to the station. Couldn't be more proud of the teams," said Launch Integration Manager Mike Moses, who described post-flight shuttle Discovery as "a very clean vehicle." Earlier, after physicals aboard the crew transport vehicle, space shuttle Discovery's seven astronauts took a walk around the spacecraft that carried them more than six million miles. They paused to each express their thoughts about the mission and their gratitude to those on the ground who helped make the mission safe and successful. "We had a lot of adversity but we overcame it all with some great team work," said Mission Specialist Clayton Anderson, who participated in the mission's three spacewalks and previously spent five months at the space station. "I've had two homecomings this flight. I got to go home to the International Space Station and now I get to come home to KSC. To all of you who helped get us up and bring us back, thank you so very much. God bless America." The astronauts returned to crew quarters aboard the silver Astrovan, the same vehicle that carried them to the launch pad for their liftoff. They are expected to return to their home base at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston tomorrow. Discovery's touchdown at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida came at 9:08 a.m. EDT on April 20, after a one-day delay due to weather. The STS-132 crew will arrive tonight in preparation for their countdown dress rehearsal later in the week. Space shuttle Atlantis is poised to roll to Launch Pad 39A at 6 a.m. EDT Wednesday, weather permitting.

STS-131 MCC Status Report #32 :: 9 a.m. CDT Tuesday, April 20, 2010 • Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas :: HOUSTON – Space shuttle Discovery completed a 6.2-million-mile mission to restock the International Space Station and set the stage for its final remaining flight. STS-131 Commander Alan G. Poindexter guided Discovery to an 8:08 a.m. CDT landing at the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. Weather had caused postponement of the first day’s landing attempts, and a rain shower within 30 miles of the runway brought a wave-off of the first of today’s opportunities. Showers moved off to permit landing on the second. “It was a great mission," Poindexter radioed to Mission Control after landing. “We enjoyed working with you and all the teams in Mission Control, and we're glad the International Space Station is stocked up again.”

NHF 238 = VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA = BENZENE RING (U+232C) FONT SUPPORT = COMMERCIAL SPACE INDUSTRY = FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK = IMU STAR OF OPPORTUNITY ALIGN = OH MAMY OH MAMY MAMY BLUE = SPACE SHUTTLE NEXT GENERATION OV-2XX = SUBSEQUENT GROUND SIGHTINGS = UNINTERRUPTED CAPABILITY.

NHF-239 SPACE STATION GETS FINAL "ONCE-OVER"

NHF 699 = WE THE GREAT AND SMALL STAND ON A STAR AND BLAZE A TRAIL OF DESIRE THROUGH THE DARK'NING DAWN = APOLLO 11 WAS REALLY TWO CRAFT IN ONE -- THE MAIN MODULE COLUMBIA AND THE LANDING CRAFT EAGLE = MARX TRACED CIRCUMSTANCES INTO THOUGHT, AND IN SO DOING OPENED THE 'BASIC' NEEDS TO HISTORY (From need to efficiency) = PANTHEISM, REGARDING THE UNIVERSE AS A SINGLE LIVING BEING, GOVERNED BY A FATE DETERMINED BY THE STARS = THE 6TH FILE IS CALLED LINEA PATRIS. THE 7TH FILE IS CALLED LINEA FILII. THE 7TH LINE IS CALLED LINEA SPIRITUS SANCTI (Liber LXXXIV vel Chanokh) = THIS METAPHOR MAY SEEM STRAINED, UNTIL WE EXAMINE THE GREAT CLOCK IN THE PIAZZA SAN MARCO IN VENICE.

NHF 1983 = FUNDS ADVANCEMENTS IN NEXT-GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES, TO HELP IMPROVE THE NATION'S LEADERSHIP IN KEY RESEARCH AREAS, ENABLE FAR-TERM CAPABILITIES, AND SPAWN GAME-CHANGING INNOVATIONS TO MAKE NASA, OTHER GOVERNMENT AND COMMERCIAL SPACE ACTIVITIES MORE CAPABLE AND AFFORDABLE (Charlie's Budget) = 1972 (MCMLXXII) WAS A LEAP YEAR THAT STARTED ON A SATURDAY IN THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR. ACCORDING TO MEASUREMENTS OF COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (UTC) IT WAS THE LONGEST YEAR EVER, AS TWO LEAP SECONDS WERE ADDED DURING THIS YEAR, AN EVENT WHICH HAS NOT SINCE BEEN REPEATED.

NFH 828 = JUNE 30, 1972 - AN EXTRA LEAP SECOND (23:59:60) IS ADDED TO END THE MONTH • DECEMBER 31, 1972 - AN EXTRA LEAP SECOND (23:59:60) IS ADDED TO END THE YEAR = ALL AMERICANS ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINIONS ABOUT IRAQ, BUT THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN FACTS = COMMANDER, INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCE (ISAF) AND COMMANDER, U.S. FORCES AFGHANISTAN (USFOR-A) = FAR FROM REPRESENTING A "RETREAT" FROM AFGHANISTAN, IT "GOES DEEP" INTO NUMEROUS ELEMENTS OF THE COUNTRY AND REGION = I READ THE GRUNDRISSE AND HEGEL, AND WAS INCREASINGLY DRAWN TO THE NOTION THAT THERE WAS A MISSING SIDE IN CAPITAL = OVER AT THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE NIGHT THE STREAKS OF DAWN APPEAR; GRADUALLY THE MOUNTING LIGHT WIPES OUT THE STARS (Sabian Symbol, Leo 27°) = SUN 19° ARIES • MOON 3° TAURUS • MERCURY 15° VIRGO • VENUS 27° PISCES • MARS 28° CAPRICORN • JUPITER 15° CANCER • SATURN 21° LIBRA (Exaltation Degrees) = THIS EQUATION IS: SUBJECTIVE + OBJECTIVE = AWARENESS. AWARENESS SUGGESTS INTEREST, REFLECTION, AND SOME DEGREE OF OPENNESS (Somatic Countertransference; 03-Jul-2005) = UNIVERSAL GROUNDS FOR RECOGNISING QUALITY IN ART AND DESIGN, IRRESPECTIVE OF GENRE OR CULTURAL BACKGROUND = VIRGO 14° A LARGE SHEET OF PARCHMENT IS COVERED WITH FINELY LETTERED NAMES AND MYSTERIOUS LINES; IT IS A SPLENDID FAMILY TREE = WHEN GOD WAS GOING TO CREATE HEAVEN AND EARTH, HE CREATED FIRST THE ANGEL SATAEL, AND AFTERWARDS THE OTHER ANGELS = WHEN YOU NEED ME BUT DO NOT WANT ME, THEN I MUST STAY. WHEN YOU WANT ME BUT NO LONGER NEED ME, THEN I HAVE TO GO.

NFH 281 = [MAX-Q] STS-131 - "PASSING OF THE BLUE CROWN" = BATAIVAH, HE WHOSE VOICE SEEMS TO HAVE WINGS = FISCAL YEAR 2011 FUNDING HIGHLIGHTS: NASA = FY2011 BUDGET: FUNDING HIGHLIGHTS: NASA.

NFH-135 THE NEW JERUSALEM (Let The River Run).