The space shuttle Discovery is returning today after a 13 day mission with 9 days at the ISS. The landing is expected to be at 1:39 at Kennedy Space
Center or 1739 GMT.
Johnson Space center is forecasting acceptable weather for their reentry and landing back to Earth. There is concern of some cloud coverage, and if
there are any problems they then are cleared for a 3:13 second landing opportunity in Florida.
Low earth orbit is becoming an interesting place over the years, and has become very busy. Today, the shuttle is landing, and at the same time, the
expedition 19 crew docked to the ISS. I think we can expect a traffic jam in space in the near future.
Mission controllers will be deciding whether to use the first opportunity or wait for the second one, as Brentt Jett(former astronaut) flying onboard
a modified gulfstream aircraft over KSC, is reporting bad weather.
Hopefully they can make it down today, because the forecast for tomorrow looks even worse. They're calling for partly cloudy Monday, so they might
make it then if they can't today. After that they'd probably have to go to Edwards. After Monday, they're calling for thunderstorms every day
until the following Monday.
Hi, this is my first post here.....if the current shuttle mission spent 9 days at the ISS, what did they do for the 4 days in between? It doesnt take
2 days to get to and from the ISS does it? It's funny how the local newpapers report this but don't cover the 'missing' 4 days?? (This question
has probably already been raised in an earlier post?)
There are no "missing" days in a mission. They spent 8 days attached to the ISS total. The first day or so in orbit they unstow everything, open
the doors, adjust orbit to meet the ISS etc. They detached Wednesday, orbited around it taking pictures, then adjusted their orbit to get away from
the ISS. Thursday and Friday were spent stowing equipment, cargo coming back from the ISS, etc as well as getting ready to return. Saturday was
spent preparing for the return in the morning, getting suited up etc, and then waiting until the second return window.
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