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NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set To Land Wednesday



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
:
> Nov. 5, 2007
>
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-3749
> katherine.trinidad@nasa.gov
>
> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> 321-867-2468
> george.h.diller@nasa.gov
>
>
>
> NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY SET TO LAND WEDNESDAY
>
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The space shuttle Discovery crew is scheduled 
> to complete a 15-day mission to the International Space Station with 
> a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 7. 
>
>
> The STS-120 mission began Oct. 23 and delivered the Harmony module to 
> the station, relocated the P6 truss and featured four spacewalks. 
> During the fourth spacewalk, the crew repaired a torn solar array on 
> the P6 truss, enabling them to fully deploy the array.
>
> NASA managers will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before 
> permitting Discovery to return to Earth. Wednesday landing 
> opportunities are at 1:01 p.m. and 2:36 p.m. EST. The backup landing 
> sites at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and White Sands Space 
> Harbor, N.M., will not be activated on Wednesday.
>
> Two hours after landing, NASA officials will hold a briefing to 
> discuss the mission. The tentative participants will be:
>
> - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin
> - NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier
> - NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach
>
> After touchdown, the astronauts will undergo physical examinations and 
> meet with their families. Some crew members are scheduled to hold a 
> news conference six hours after returning to Earth.
>
> The Kennedy press site will open for landing activities at 8 a.m. 
> Wednesday and close one hour after the crew news conference. The 
> STS-120 accreditation badges are in effect through landing. The press 
> accreditation building on State Road 3 will be open on Wednesday from 
> 8 to 11 a.m. The last bus will depart from the press site for the 
> Shuttle Landing Facility one hour before landing. For updated 
> information about the landing, call 321-867-2525.
>
> If weather prevents a Kennedy landing Wednesday, NASA will activate 
> backup landing sites for attempts on Thursday. Dryden has limited 
> facilities available to previously accredited journalists. For 
> further information, journalists should call the Dryden Public 
> Affairs Office at 661-276-3449. 
>
> If White Sands Space Harbor is called up for strong consideration as a 
> shuttle landing site, media desiring credentials there should contact 
> the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office at 505-678-1134. 
> Journalists with STS-120 mission badges from NASA will be issued 
> credentials.
>
> For the latest information about the STS-120 mission, visit: 
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
>
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