Astronauts Wrapping Up Preparations for Landing Early Thursday
Written by LaurieRuberg
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:36
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:08:07 PM EDT
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.
STS-135 landing ground tracks for Thursday’s two Kennedy landing
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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: