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STS-121 MCC Status Report #26



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

10 a.m. CDT Monday, July 17, 2006
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

07.17.06
STATUS REPORT: STS-121-26

STS-121 MCC Status Report #26

A smooth landing by the Space Shuttle Discovery at the Kennedy Space 
Center this morning completed the second return to flight test mission 
and set the stage to resume assembly of the International Space Station 
later this summer.

Discovery and its crew of six astronauts touched down on runway 15 at 
the Shuttle Landing Facility at 8:15 a.m. CDT, completing 12 days, 18 
hours and 38 minutes in space covering 5.3 million miles. They delivered 
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter to the station to join 
Expedition 13 and completed three spacewalks, one to restore the 
station’s rail car to full capability and two to develop shuttle repair 
techniques.

The crew was awakened at 12:08 a.m. CDT today with “The Astronaut” by 
Something Corporate, played for Commander Steve Lindsey as he prepared 
to complete his fourth shuttle flight. Returning to Earth aboard 
Discovery with Lindsey were Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialists 
Mike Fossum, Lisa Nowak, Stephanie Wilson and Piers Sellers.

Discovery’s deorbit engines were fired for three minutes at 7:07 a.m. 
CDT above the Indian Ocean to begin the descent. The shuttle flew above 
Guatemala and Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and the southwest Florida coast 
on the way to landing.
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