NASA Mission Control monitors landing of STS-120

As of 11:02 EST, the deorbit burn of STS-120 went perfectly. The Discovery orbiter is due to land at 1:02 p.m. EST today at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

12:01 p.m. – With the burn complete, Discovery is headed for a landing in Florida at 1:01 p.m. Just one hour away from its homecoming, Discovery is returning to a nose-forward, wings-level position.

Discovery is setting up to land from the southeast on Runway 33, making a right overhead turn as it approaches Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The runway is 4,572 meters (15,000ft) long and 91.4 meters (300ft) wide – about as wide as the length of a football field.

NASA’s landing blog and the NASA web site

Runway 33 Map and flightpath of the orbiter to landing

Image credit: NASA web site and NASA facts

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~ by tellinghistory on November 7, 2007.

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