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Endeavour Crew Prepares for Friday Landing

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:04 am via: source
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(NASA) – Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to land at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Friday with a touchdown at 10:48 a.m. EDT. The shuttle would begin its descent from orbit with a deorbit engine firing at 9:42 a.m. Weather conditions at Kennedy are forecast to be favorable for landing, although a slight chance of rain is possible.

A second opportunity exists for a landing in Florida on Friday, beginning with a deorbit engine firing at 11:17 a.m., leading to a 12:22 p.m. touchdown. No other shuttle landing sites are being considered for a Friday landing. If weather prevents a landing Friday, alternate landing sites would be called up for Saturday’s landing opportunities.

STS-127 Mission Specialist Julie Payette is pictured near the control panels and windows on the aft flight deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Endeavour. Photo credit: NASA

STS-127 Mission Specialist Julie Payette is pictured near the control panels and windows on the aft flight deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Endeavour. Photo credit: NASA

Thursday, Endeavour Commander Mark Polansky and Pilot Doug Hurley checked out the systems the shuttle will use as it returns home, finding everything in excellent shape. The crew also deployed two pairs of small satellites from canisters in the shuttle’s payload bay.

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