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Discovery is Coming Home



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

Discovery is Coming Home


The Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery is coming home to Kennedy Space 
Center, Fla., today. Ferry flight managers met this morning and decided 
the weather is acceptable for the final leg of the cross-country journey.

Discovery riding atop the modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 
will leave Barksdale AFB, La., at about 7:25 a.m. EDT and arrive at 
Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility at about 10:15 a.m. EDT. The vehicle 
typically will fly at an altitude of about 15,000 feet. The flight path 
is expected to take the vehicle over Tallahassee at about 9:20 a.m. EDT, 
then toward Gainesville, and across the state to Kennedy. A fly-by of 
the Brevard County, Fla., beaches is being considered.

A "pathfinder" KC-135 aircraft flys about 100 miles ahead of the Shuttle 
Carrier Aircraft and monitors the weather in the flight path for the 
747's crew.
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