Shuttle Set to Land Tomorrow Morning, Weather Could be a Problem

Shuttle Set to Land Tomorrow Morning, Weather Could be a Problem

Space Shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday and is preparing for landing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) tomorrow, Monday, at 8:48 am EDT. The seven member crew of STS-131 delivered seven tons of equipment and supplies to the ISS during the 10 days it was docked there. The weather forecast for KSC tomorrow morning is iffy, however. There are two landing opportunities at KSC in the morning, and two more Tuesday morning. The shuttle also could be diverted to Edwards Air Force Base, CA if necessary, with three landing opportunities there on Tuesday.

Only three more shuttle flights are scheduled:

  • STS-132, Atlantis, scheduled for May 14, 2010
  • STS-134, Endeavour, scheduled for July 29, 2010
  • STS-133, Discovery, scheduled for Sept. 16, 2010

STS-134 will launch a scientific experiment called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). It is still undergoing final testing in Europe, where it was built, and some issues have arisen that could delay its launch.

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