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STS-114 MCC Status Report #27


STS-114 MCC Status Report #27
Monday, Aug. 8, 2005 – 7 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

Discovery’s seven astronauts will spend another day in space after 
weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center landing site prevented a 
return to Earth today.

Discovery’s two landing opportunities to Florida were waved off this 
morning due to unpredictable cloud cover at the landing site.

All three primary Shuttle landing sites will be activated on Tuesday. 
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, will remain the preferred landing 
site. Edwards Air Force Base, California, will be second in preference 
for landing and White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico, will be third in 
preference. Two Shuttle landing opportunities will be available at each 

Weather conditions at KSC for Tuesday are forecast to be similar to 
today with a slight chance of showers offshore. Edwards is forecast to 
have acceptable conditions for landing. White Sands’ forecast includes a 
chance of showers.

Preparations are now focused on the first opportunity to land Tuesday 
which would begin with an engine firing by Discovery at 3:01 a.m. CDT 
and lead to a touchdown at KSC at 4:07 a.m. CDT. The additional landing 
opportunities include: a 4:33 a.m. Shuttle engine firing leading to a 
5:39 a.m. landing at White Sands; a 4:37 a.m. engine firing leading to a 
5:43 a.m. touchdown at KSC; a 6:06 a.m. engine firing leading to 7:12 
a.m. touchdown at Edwards; a 6:09 a.m. engine firing leading to a 7:13 
a.m. landing at White Sands; and a 7:44 a.m. engine firing leading to a 
8:47 a.m. landing at Edwards.

The Shuttle crew will fire Discovery’s engines at 7:19 a.m. today to 
adjust the Shuttle’s orbit and optimize the landing opportunities for 
tomorrow. The crew will go to sleep at 11:39 a.m. and awaken at 7:39 
p.m. to begin deorbit preparations.

The next STS-114 status report will be issued following landing Tuesday 
or earlier if events warrant.

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