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STS-114 was the first "Return to Flight" Space Shuttle mission following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The Space Shuttle Discovery launched at 10:39 EDT (14:39 UTC), July 26, 2005.

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The shuttle Discovery has touched down successfully in California.
Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base at around 1212 GMT (1312 BST, 0512 PST) when bad weather forced a change to the intended Florida landing site.


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At 1106 GMT on Tuesday, the orbiting shuttle firing its two Orbital Manoeuvring System engines for about two minutes 42 seconds at an altitude of around 329km. The shuttle entered the atmosphere at an altitude of about 120km and a speed of about 27,360km/h
The landing speed was only 322km/h. It deployed its parachute to slow its speed after making a 196-degree turn to align itself with the landing strip.

Its steep trajectory took it over the Pacific Ocean and just north of Los Angeles.

-- Edited by Blobrana at 20:11, 2005-08-09

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The shuttle has aborted today`s opportunity to land, at 0907 GMT Tuesday, because of rain showers and lightening. The next chance to land at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida will be at 1043 GMT (1143 BST, 0643 EST), and at 12:12 GMT.
Flight controllers report only a slight chance of showers at the Kennedy Space Centre during the upcoming attempt.

Nasa has several chances to land the shuttle on Today.

If the weather does not improve in Florida, Discovery will either land at Edwards Air Force Base in California( at 13:47 GMT), or in White Sands, New Mexico at 10:39 GMTor 12:13 GMT.
Both sites have good weather conditions, but Edwards is the preferred landing strip, with a possible 1212 GMT (1312 BST, 0812 EST) landing time. The base has been used numerous times for shuttle landings.
The White Sands Test Facility is also known as Northrup Strip and lies 45 miles north of US Army missile range in New Mexico.

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-- Edited by Blobrana at 09:57, 2005-08-09

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Unstable weather, rain showers and a cloud ceiling 1,000 feet above the Kennedy Space Centre’s Shuttle Landing Facility, forced flight controllers to wave-off both of today’s two landing opportunities for the space shuttle Discovery.
The STS-114 will try for a Kennedy Space Centre landing again on Tuesday at 0908 GMT.


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Landing at Kennedy Space Centre's Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) is planned for orbit 201 at mission elapsed time 12 days, 18 hours, 07 minutes. The deorbit burn is at approximately 7:43 GMT. A second Kennedy Space Centre landing opportunity is also available Monday at 10:21 GMT, with a deorbit burn at 9:19 GMT.

Two landing opportunities are planned for the back-up landing location at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB), California, on Monday. The first opportunity is 11:52 GMT; the second is 13:27 GMT. If Discovery lands at Edwards Air Force Base, an augmented Kennedy Space Centre convoy team will be on-site for post-landing processing and disembarking the crew. The turnaround team will be deployed to Edwards Air Force Base by charter aircraft on landing day.

If Discovery must stay in orbit beyond Monday, two landing opportunities are available at Kennedy Space Centre on Tuesday at 9:09 and 10:45 GMT. Two additional times are also available at Edwards Air Force Base on Tuesday.


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The re-entry trajectory will come across the Central American region, crossing the coast somewhere between Panama and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.


A NASA graphic showing the expected re-entry path for Discovery on Monday, passing over Central America and Cuba.



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Graphics showing the ISS path on Monday 8th 8:34 UT.

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The space shuttle STS-114 is due to re-enter on Monday morning August 8, 2005.
A Deorbit Burn will begin on Monday, Aug. 8 7:44 GMT, and land at the Kennedy space Centre on Monday, Aug. 8 08:46 GMT.
However, the times could change…

Discovery is set to undock from the ISS Saturday at 0744 GMT.

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Astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Steve Robinson are set to carry out the mission's first spacewalk, which will include a test of repair kits for the orbiter.
They will step outside Discovery in their spacesuits at 0845 GMT.
This will be the first time either astronaut has carried out a spacewalk.

Nasa is continuing its analysis of images taken to inspect for damage sustained during the climb to orbit, when foam debris came off the shuttle.

Robinson will use a gun which dispenses a sealant called Noax (Non-oxide Adhesive Experimental) on to a sample panel with artificial damage. He will then use scrapers a bit like putty knives to work the material into the sample: While, Noguchi will demonstrate a repair technique called the Emittance Wash Applicator, which will apply a gritty hardening paste to tiles with simulated damage held in a box.
He will have an hour to complete his task.


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Nasa officials say they now believe at least one shard of foam might have hit a wing of the Discovery shuttle.
Nasa deputy programme manager Wayne Hale said new photographic evidence appeared to suggest an impact with one of the wings.
But he stressed there was a "divergence of opinion" at Nasa on whether the foam had actually made contact.

"There are 11 indications of potential impacts. We might have four areas of the wing leading edge where there might have been an impact" - Steve Poulos, manager of the orbiter project office.

Discovery's docking with the ISS was completed at 1118 GMT (1218 BST) above the South Pacific just west of Chile.

The iss crew confirmed the small damage to tiling near Discovery's nose landing-gear doors and to a square "chine" tile further toward the aft end of the ship.
Nasa will want to establish if these areas have been compromised in a way that might prohibit a safe return to Earth for Discovery. That landing is currently scheduled for 7 August.
Three spacewalks are planned for the mission.
The first on Saturday will test repair kits designed to deal with small damage areas on the shuttles heatshield tiles.
The two other spacewalks will repair and install critical hardware outside the space station.


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