Kennedy Space Center
April 22, 2010 by Post Team
Kennedy Space Center:Discovery makes successful landing at the Kennedy Space Center: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space shuttle Discovery glided to a landing at 9:08 am at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, ending its mission to supply the International Space Station.
The crew returned to Earth on a track that led to the shuttle in much of central United States for only the second time since the Columbia disaster in 2003.
“Stop Wheels, Discovery, Rick Sturckow in Mission Control by radio from Houston. “Welcome home, Dex. Congratulations to you and the crew on a mission exceptional.”
“It was a great mission,” said Discovery commander, Alan Poindexter. “We are pleased that the International Space Station is replenished.”
Discovery also brought home two tons of scientific equipment and consumables used in the supply module Leonardo.
Fort clouds blocked Discovery’s planned return Monday and forced a wave-off of its first landing attempt Tuesday. But the clouds parted and the discovery on Tuesday gave the green light to start over one hour that broke the speed of 17.500 mph to 225 mph at the time of landing at KSC runway 33.
Yesterday morning the shuttle was landing more than Vancouver, northeastern Washington, across northeast Kansas Tulsa, Oklahoma, and finally, along the Florida east of Gainesville and west of Jacksonville.
The crew that included Jim Dutton pilot and mission specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki.
There are only three remaining shuttle flights before the planned retirement of the fleet later this year. Kennedy Space Center, workers are planning to launch the space shuttle Atlantis to the launch pad later in the day before their planned mission of 14 May.
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