Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Come Home, Atlantis!

The weather has been so rainy and stormy here all week and we're really hoping that it doesn't interfere with Friday's landing attempt. There are various scenarios that could occur for a landing regarding location and day if the weather doesn't look favorable.

The astronaut crew on Atlantis were asked to power down less-critical equipment to conserve hydrogen and oxygen for the orbiter's fuel cell system in case landing is delayed. Touchdown currently is planned for 10:01 a.m. Friday, but additional opportunities on both coasts are available Saturday and Sunday. If we end up landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, I would join my team and fly out to support the landing operations!

Earlier this evening, the crew received a call from President Obama. The President commended the crew on a job well done for the repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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