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Orbiter: Atlantis
Mission: STS-132
Payload: MRM 1
Launch: May 14, 2010
Time: 2:20 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: May 26 @ approx. 8:48 a.m.
Site: KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility

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Astronauts test re-entry systems, pack for landing
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: May 25, 2010


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The Atlantis astronauts tested the shuttle's re-entry systems early Tuesday and packed for a Florida landing Wednesday, weather permitting, to close out a successful space station assembly mission, the orbiter's 32nd and final planned flight.


Credit: NASA
 
Commander Kenneth Ham and his five crewmates have two opportunities to land at the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday, the first at 8:48:14 a.m. EDT and the second, one orbit later, at 10:22:58 a.m.

But the Spaceflight Meteorology Group at the Johnson Space Center is predicting marginal weather, with low clouds and a chance for showers within 30 nautical miles of the landing strip that could cause problems. More of the same is expected Thursday and Friday.

The forecast for NASA's backup landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., calls for a slight chance of showers Wednesday, but acceptable weather Thursday and Friday.

Atlantis has enough on-board supplies to remain in orbit until Saturday in a worst-case scenario. But NASA reserves the final day to handle problems with the shuttle, not the weather. If Atlantis isn't down by Thursday, entry Flight Director Tony Ceccacci likely would order a landing Friday, on one coast or the other.

"Just looking ahead at the weather tomorrow, it's looking pretty favorable," astronaut Charles "Scorch" Hobaugh radioed from mission control. "They are carrying a chance of rain showers within 30 miles, they've been watching it today, and a low that's about 600 miles off shore will move a little tomorrow and hopefully keep some of those showers at bay. It's just something we'll have to watch tomorrow. As you know, it's always questionable no matter what.

"The winds tomorrow will be moderate strength right down (runway) 33. Right now, if we were to call it, it would be a close-in aim point to 33 and we also would have the option to go land on (runway) 15 with a rather large speedbrake. So early projection is we think we've got a pretty good fighting chance, but of course, we'll be watching it."

"OK, Scorch, we really appreciate the update," Ham replied. "Sounds like it's 50-50, either we land there or we don't. We'll take either end of the runway, whichever one you prefer. I guess if you think it might rain, we'll land on 15 and coast all the way to the OPF (Orbiter Processing Facility)."

"We like your plan," Hobaugh said. "The other thing, we'll reassess tomorrow if necessary, hopefully you won't have to get that far, but there is that thought right now that we'll just plan KSC the first two days and Friday will be our all-the-way-around, we'll-get-you-down-no-matter-what type day. So we'll reassess that tomorrow if we get to that point. But like I said, we hope to get you back tomorrow."

Ceccacci plans to brief reporters on his landing strategy at 10 a.m.

Ham, pilot Dominic "Tony" Antonelli and flight engineer Michael Good activated one of Atlantis' hydraulic power units early Tuesday, exercised the ship's aerosurfaces and test fired maneuvering jets in a standard pre-landing checkout. There were no problems of any significance.

Their crewmates - Stephen Bowen, Piers Sellers and Garrett Reisman - packed up loose gear and other equipment and readied Atlantis for entry. A final round of media interviews is on tap at 8:10 a.m. The shuttle's Ku-band antenna will be stowed at 1:10 p.m.

Here is an updated timeline of today's activity (in EDT and mission elapsed time; includes revision I of the NASA television schedule; best viewed with fixed-width font):


EDT........DD...HH...MM...EVENT

12:20 AM...10...10...00...STS crew wakeup
03:35 AM...10...13...15...Wing leading edge sensor deactivation
03:40 AM...10...13...20...Flight control system checkout
04:00 AM...10...13...40...Cabin stow begins
04:50 AM...10...14...30...Reaction control system hotfire
05:05 AM...10...14...45...PILOT simulator landing practice
06:40 AM...10...16...20...Crew choice downlink
07:40 AM...10...17...20...Deorbit review
08:10 AM...10...17...50...PAO event
08:30 AM...10...18...10...Crew meal
09:40 AM...10...19...20...L-1 comm check
09:50 AM...10...19...30...Cabin stow resumes
09:50 AM...10...19...30...Ergometer stow
10:00 AM...10...19...40...Mission status briefing on NTV
11:50 AM...10...21...30...Entry stow
12:50 PM...10...22...30...Laptop computer stow (part 1)
01:10 PM...10...22...50...Ku-band antenna stow
04:20 PM...11...02...00...Crew sleep begins
05:00 PM...11...02...40...Daily highlights reel on NTV
08:00 PM...11...05...40...HD crew highlights on NTV


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VIDEO: DOCKING PROBE EXTENDED FROM RASSVET NOSE PLAY
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