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NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis Set for Thursday Landing


Sept. 20, 2006
> Grey Hautaluoma
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-0668
> Tracy Young
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> 321-867-2468 
> The Space Shuttle Atlantis, led by Commander Brent Jett, is scheduled 
> to land at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 
> completing space shuttle mission STS-115. Touchdown is expected at 
> about 6:21 a.m. EDT at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility. Atlantis 
> began its mission of nearly 12 days to the International Space 
> Station on Sept. 9. 
> The shuttle was originally scheduled to land on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 
> but waved off due to weather conditions and the presence of unknown 
> objects near the shuttle. After additional inspection of the vehicle 
> yesterday and today for possible orbital debris damage, the mission 
> management team gave its approval for landing. 
> Landing is slated to occur on orbit 187 at the mission-elapsed time of 
> 11 days, 19 hours, six minutes. The deorbit burn will occur at 5:14 
> a.m. EDT. A second Kennedy landing opportunity is available at 7:57 
> a.m. EDT, with the deorbit burn at 6:51 a.m. EDT. 
> Mission managers are expected to attempt a landing only at Kennedy 
> Thursday unless there are technical reasons that would necessitate 
> other plans. 
> If landing occurs as scheduled, this will be the 63rd landing at 
> Kennedy in the history of the shuttle program. Atlantis will be 
> serviced and prepared for its next mission, STS-117, set for February 
> 2007. 
> About an hour after touchdown, the STS-115 crew members will undergo 
> initial physical examinations and meet with their families. A post 
> landing news conference with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will 
> be held no earlier than 8 a.m. EDT. A post-mission press conference 
> with the STS-115 crew is scheduled at Kennedy's News Center no 
> earlier than six hours after landing. Questions for both events will 
> be taken only at Kennedy. 
> Kennedy's News Center will open for landing activities at 3 a.m. EDT 
> Thursday, Sept. 21 and close at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The STS-115 mission 
> badges are in effect through landing. The pass and identification 
> building on State Road 3 will be open for media badging activities on 
> Thursday from 3 to 4:30 a.m. EDT. The last bus will depart from 
> Kennedy's Press Site for the Shuttle Landing Facility an hour before 
> landing. 
> For the latest information on the STS-115 mission, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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