Fog and rain forecast is a bit tight, but it looks like it's going to Florida with a flyover of the west coast of Canada and across the center of the
They still have the option to flag it off for the 3 chances at a California landing if weather is bad.
They need to get a go or no-go in 6 minutes for the burn to happen in 28 minutes.
I'm not in the orbital/flight path (see map here), and I'm always
confused about which time zone I correspond to -- we don't change our time down here. Lessee...... U.S. sprang forward....... I think we're
same as ET now.
You can also log onto www.heavens-above.com and type in your location and click on STS-131 for flyover data.
Just said on NASA tv......... 16,900 mph. Really scootin' along. Mach 24, 399,800 ft. altitude. Will intersect (flyover) with NE coast of N.
America near Vancouver. 30 minutes away from touchdown. MARK!
It amazes me how big it is.
But as a cargo carrier all 7 crew need to cram into that forward section.
You could probably put 60 seats in the aft and sell tickets for short orbital trip$.
And everyone gets an orange suit to take home......
And it huffs and puffs like a giant beast after it gets to the ground.
Not unlike a living thing after a strenuous workout.
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