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Atlantis Crew Preparing for Landing Today

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed May 26, 2010 6:46 am via: NASA
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All eyes turn to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the Atlantis crew and mission control team prepare for a possible landing this morning.

STS-132 Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Mike Good, Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers will start the day with final stowage activities and deorbit preparations.

This partial view of the starboard wing of the space shuttle Atlantis was provided by an Expedition 23 crew member on the International Space Station soon after the shuttle and station began their post-undocking relative separation Sunday. Credit: NASA

This partial view of the starboard wing of the space shuttle Atlantis was provided by an Expedition 23 crew member on the International Space Station soon after the shuttle and station began their post-undocking relative separation Sunday. Credit: NASA

There are two landing opportunities under consideration for Wednesday, both at Kennedy. The first is on orbit 186 with a deorbit burn at 7:41 a.m. and touchdown at 8:48 a.m. The second is on the following orbit, with deorbit burn at 9:17 a.m. and touchdown at 10:22 a.m.

Landing weather was forecast as favorable but with a slight chance of showers within 30 miles of the shuttle landing facility.

If needed, there are two additional landing opportunities for Florida on Thursday, and landing opportunities at all three landing sites, including Dryden Space Flight Center in California and White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, Friday and Saturday.

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