Poor weather prevented a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday. Today Entry Flight Director Norm Knight will work with two opportunities to KSC and three chances at Edwards Air Force Base in California to bring Atlantis home. The Florida weather forecast includes the possibility for more thundershowers; the Edwards forecast is more favorable.
The crew’s wakeup song this morning, "The Marines’ Hymn," was played for the mission commander, Col. Rick Sturckow, USMC.
The crew should begin deorbit preparations at 8:12 a.m. and close the payload bay doors at 9:32 a.m. Here are predicted times for today’s landing opportunities (all CDT):
ORBIT / SITE / DEORBIT BURN / LANDING
218 / Kennedy / 12:12 p.m. / 1:18 p.m.
219 / Edwards / 1:43 p.m. / 2:49 p.m.
219 / Kennedy / 1:50 p.m. / 2:55 p.m.
220 / Edwards / 3:18 p.m. / 4:23 p.m.
221 / Edwards / 4:56 p.m. / 5:59 p.m.
A landing at KSC on the first opportunity would give Mission Specialist Suni Williams a mission elapsed time of 194 days, 18 hours and 31 minutes, the longest spaceflight ever by a woman.