Friday

NASA crew readies journey home; time-line as weather permits

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France)

Image of the Day: View of the Journey Home, amidst the blackness of space; a silhouette of thin atmosphere... Pictured here, Space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, Canadian-built remote manipulator system robotic arm. read more.

NASA: STS-125 crew flight day 10

Assistance by a rescue craft, not needed for the STS-125 crew; as Atlantis' astronauts prepared for sleep at 6:01 pm EDT... And awaken, 2:01am Friday; for updates on weather...

-NASA Twitter details weather conditions... And says, "Forecast "no go" issues for both KSC opportunities: thunderstorms within 30 nm, broken clouds at 4000 feet and 19 knot peak crosswinds."

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: VIEW, The touch-down is likely to take place today; it will be 5 or 6 pm (at earliest) here in Europe...
NASA also says that Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Will update (below).

NASA.gov posts this image... Updates.
Mission Specialist Mike Massimino looks through a window on the aft flight deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Atlantis.
IMAGE CREDIT NASA




Other NASA links...
While waiting for the next decision point before payload bay doors close at 6:10 am EDT...Found a couple of interesting clips.

VIDEO: NASA's Intro to Kepler BIG SCREEN VIEW

NASA's Kepler mission has taken its first images of the star-rich sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like Earth. The new "first light" images show the mission's target patch of sky, a vast, starry field in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy.(No sound for first two min. of clip)

VIEW VIDEO BIG SCREEN!

For the next three-and-a-half years, Kepler will search more than 100,000 sun-like stars for signs of planets... More Later...



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