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Weather at Edwards Air Force Base is good for landing.

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STS 128
Lon 108.6928 E
Lat 36.0969 S
Alt (km) 362.937
Azm 99.8
Elv -64.6
RA 06h 58m 13s
Decl -47 59' 34"
Range (km) 11 904.590
RRt (km/s) 2.987
Vel (km/s) 7.680
Direction Descending
Eclipse No
MA (phase) 191.7 (136)
TA 191.6
Orbit # 218
Mag (illum) Not visible
Constellation Pup


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The shuttle should be visible over western Australia

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Discovery to Land at Edwards

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Mission Control has decided to target Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for today's landing since the weather at Kennedy is unstable. The deorbit burn is timelined to begin at 23:47 GMT (19:47 EDT) for an 00:53 GMT (20:53 EDT) landing at Edwards. The burn lasts three to four minutes, slowing Discovery enough to begin its descent.

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The weather forecast is "no go" today for Fridays first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. If the weather cooperates for the second Kennedy landing opportunity, the deorbit burn would occur at 22:17 GMT (18:17 EDT), with landing at 23:23 GMT.

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Space shuttle Discovery and its crew remain in orbit after bad weather Thursday night prevented a landing at Kennedy Space Centre. Now it's looking more likely that Discovery will land at the Edwards Air Force Base.

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STS-128 Landing Ground Tracks

Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 217
Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 217+ Long-range ground track Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 217+ Mid-range ground track Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 217+ Close-range ground track

Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 218
Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 218+ Long-range ground track Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 218+ Mid-range ground track Deorbit to Kennedy on Orbit 218+ Close-range ground track

Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 219
Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 219+ Long-range ground track Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 219+ Mid-range ground track Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 219+ Close-range ground track

Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 220
Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 220+ Long-range ground track Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 220+ Mid-range ground track Deorbit to EDW on Orbit 220+ Close-range ground track


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