Sunday, May 24, 2009

Atlantis to land at Edwards Air Force Base

With weather conditions still up in the air here at Kennedy Space Center, Atlantis will be landing in California today.....which means I need to pack my bags!! We'll be helping out with landing operations for the week.

The deorbit burn ignition time will be 10:24:41 a.m. EDT. The twin braking rockets will fire for two minutes and 36 seconds, slowing the shuttle by about 307 mph. The deorbit burn will drop Atlantis out of its 303 x 160 nautical mile orbit and put the shuttle into a trajectory for entry over the Pacific Ocean and bound for landing at the Mojave Desert military base. Once near Edwards, the shuttle will make a 200-degree left-overhead turn to align with Runway 22 for touchdown at 11:39 a.m. EDT.

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