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Astronauts Wrapping Up Preparations for Landing Early Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaurieRuberg   
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:36

The members of the STS-135 crew answer questions from the media Wednesday. In the back row are Commander Chris Ferguson (left) and Pilot Doug Hurley. In the front are Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus (left) and Rex Walheim. Photo credit: NASA TV

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:08:07 PM EDT

Space shuttle Atlantis’ crew is wrapping up final preparations for its planned landing at 5:56:58 a.m. EDT Thursday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew stowed the Ku-Band antenna, used for high-data rate communications and television from space, at 11:34 a.m. and will go to sleep at 1:29 p.m.

Mission managers have cleared Atlantis’ heat shield for entry after reviewing results of the “late inspection” survey of the shuttle’s reinforced carbon carbon.

Follow the STS-135 landing ground tracks for Thursday’s two Kennedy landing opportunities.

Follow the latest STS-135 new and astronauts blogs.

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Read the latest Space Shuttle News.

The official Spaceflight Meteorology Group landing forecast for Kennedy remains very favorable.

Image (above): The members of the STS-135 crew answer questions from the media Wednesday. In the back row are Commander Chris Ferguson (left) and Pilot Doug Hurley. In the front are Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus (left) and Rex Walheim. Photo credit: NASA TV