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NASA'S STS-121 Set to Land Monday


> July 14, 2006
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-3749
> Tracy Young
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> 321-867-2468
> Kyle Herring
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111
> Commander Steve Lindsey and his crew onboard the Space Shuttle 
> Discovery will complete their mission, STS-121, with a landing at 
> NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., set for 9:07 a.m. EDT on Monday, 
> July 17. Discovery began its 13-day mission to the International 
> Space Station on July 4.
> Landing at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility is slated to occur on 
> orbit 203 at the mission-elapsed time of 12 days, 18 hours and 29 
> minutes. The deorbit burn will occur at 8:04 a.m. A second Kennedy 
> landing opportunity is available at 10:42 a.m., with the deorbit burn 
> at 9:40 a.m.
> Two landing opportunities are available at the back-up landing 
> location on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Monday. However, 
> mission managers are expected to attempt a landing only at Kennedy 
> Monday unless there are technical reasons that would necessitate 
> other plans. The first opportunity at Edwards would be 12:11 p.m. EDT 
> and the second at 1:46 p.m.
> If landing occurs as scheduled, this will be the 62nd landing at 
> Kennedy in the history of the shuttle program. Discovery will be 
> serviced and prepared for its next mission, STS-116, targeted for 
> December.
> About an hour after touchdown, the STS-121 crew members will meet with 
> their families and undergo initial physical examinations. A 
> post-mission press conference with the crew is scheduled at Kennedy's 
> News Center no earlier than six hours after landing.
> If Discovery lands at Edwards, an augmented Kennedy convoy team will 
> be onsite to safe the vehicle, disembark the crew and move the 
> orbiter to the mate/demate device, the structure used to prep the 
> shuttle for its ferry flight back to Kennedy atop NASA's modified 747 
> Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
> Kennedy's News Center will open for landing activities at 10 a.m. EDT 
> Sunday, July 16, and close at 4 p.m. On landing day, the News Center 
> will open at 5 a.m. and close at approximately 5 p.m. The STS-121 
> mission badges are in effect through landing. The pass and 
> identification building on State Road 3 will be open on Sunday from 
> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Monday from 5 to 7 a.m. 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-121 mission, visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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