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June 14, 2008

"Go" for Deorbit Burn

Posted: 09:48 AM ET

Discovery will be coming home to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:15am Eastern time this morning.

Entry Flight Director Richard Jones has just given the "go for deorbit burn" call...meaning the Discovery astronauts will fire the engines at 10:10am Eastern this morning to slow the the spacecraft for atmospheric re-entry.  The approach path will bring it over the Pacific Ocean, the Yucatan Penninsula, the Gulf of Mexico, Naples, Florida, Lake Okechobee, and then into the KSC region.  The plan is for Commander Kelly to land on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility.  Miles O'Brien talked to Kelly about it, and, all things being equal, Kelly prefers that runway.   That approach involves a series of left turns, which provide the pilot with better visibility coming in.

Miles will be covering the landing live on CNN starting about 11:10am - tune in and join us!

–Kate Tobin, Sr. Producer, CNN Science & Tech


Filed under: NASA • Space

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s callahan   June 14th, 2008 6:53 pm ET

not only did this ship make it home...but my enthusiam has been heighten even further to learn my alumni was given a NASA grant to develope a dual electron spectrometer ..part of the fast plasma imager instrument.....Sweet!!!!

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