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Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-124
Payload: Kibo lab
Launch: May 31, 2008
Time: 5:02 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: June 14 @ approx. 11:15 a.m. EDT
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC

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CDR: Mark Kelly

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STS-124 day 1 highlights

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Discovery rolls out

Discovery travels from the Vehicle Assembly Building to pad 39A in preparation for the STS-124 mission.

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STS-124: The programs

In advance of shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission to the station, managers from both programs discuss the flight.

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STS-124: The mission

A detailed preview of Discovery's mission to deliver Japan's science laboratory Kibo to the station is provided in this briefing.

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STS-124: Spacewalks

Three spacewalks are planned during Discovery's STS-124 assembly mission to the station.

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Good weather predicted for Saturday's shuttle landing
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: June 13, 2008

The shuttle Discovery is in good shape and ready for landing Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center to close out a successful space station assembly mission, entry Flight Director Richard Jones said today. The Spaceflight Meteorology Group at the Johnson Space Center in Houston is predicting near ideal conditions for the first of two landing opportunities Saturday.

But if the weather doesn't cooperate, or if a technical problem develops that might prevent an on-time re-entry, Jones said the shuttle has enough supplies on board to stay in orbit until Tuesday if necessary. But NASA's focus is getting Discovery back to Florida this weekend and given the forecast, Jones said NASA would not staff its backup landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., until Monday at the earliest.

"Tomorrow, we're going to be looking at end of mission at KSC only," Jones said. "The weather is looking very good tomorrow, we have a decent shot. ... All of the ceilings and the surface winds are all going to be within flight rule limits and we're looking at a pretty good opportunity tomorrow."

LeRoy Cain, chairman of NASA's Mission Management Team, said analysts had finished an assessment of the shuttle's heat shield and concluded the ship was in good shape for entry.

"As of today, Discovery's TPS system is all in very good shape, including all the thermal protection system tiles, all of the blankets, all of the reinforced carbon carbon on the wing leading edge and nose cap and all of the associated support systems," Cain said. "All of that has been determined to be good and acceptable and safe for entry and landing. ... There were no dissenting opinions on that. Just a very clean vehicle overall with regard to the TPS."

As for a small 1-inch by 2.5-inch thermal barrier clip that floated away from Discovery's rudder/speed brake earlier today, Cain said the hardware was only needed during launch and that its absence posed no threat to the shuttle during entry.

Discovery commander Scott Kelly and pilot Kenneth Ham plan to fire Discovery's twin braking rockets at 10:10:17 a.m. Saturday for two minutes and 36 seconds, slowing the ship by 197 mph to drop it out of orbit. After a half-hour free fall, the shuttle will slip into the discernible atmosphere 400,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean at 10:43 a.m.

If all goes well, the shuttle will cross Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula, skirt the west coast of Cuba and cross the Florida coast south of Fort Myers. Approaching the Florida spaceport from the southwest, Kelly will guide Discovery through a sweeping left overhead turn to line up on runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center. Touchdown is expected at 11:15 a.m.

Here is a timeline of re-entry events for both of the crew's Saturday landing opportunities (in EDT throughout; best viewed with fixed-width font):


EDT...........EVENT

Rev. 212 Deorbit to Kennedy Space Center

02:32 AM......Crew wakeup
05:12 AM......Group B computer powerup
05:27 AM......Inertial measurement unit alignment
06:10 AM......Begin deorbit timeline
06:25 AM......Radiator stow
06:35 AM......Mission specialists seat installation
06:41 AM......Computers set for deorbit prep
06:45 AM......Hydraulic system configuration
07:10 AM......Flash evaporator cooling system checkout
07:16 AM......Final payload deactivation
07:30 AM......Payload bay doors closed
07:40 AM......Mission control 'go' for OPS-3 entry software load
07:50 AM......OPS-3 transition
08:15 AM......Entry switch list verification
08:25 AM......Deorbit maneuver update
08:30 AM......Crew entry review
08:45 AM......Commander/pilot don entry suits
09:02 AM......IMU alignment
09:10 AM......CDR/PLT strap in; mission specialists suit don
09:27 AM......Shuttle steering check
09:30 AM......Hydraulic system prestart
09:37 AM......Toilet deactivation
09:45 AM......Vent doors closed for entry
09:50 AM......Mission control 'go' for deorbit burn
09:56 AM......MS seat ingress
10:05 AM......Single hydraulic power unit start

10:10:17 AM...Deorbit ignition
10:12:53 AM...Deorbit burn complete

10:43:37 AM...Entry interface
10:48:36 AM...1st roll command to left
10:50:21 AM...Start peak heating (approx)
11:00:21 AM...End peak heating (approx)
11:02:00 AM...C-band radar acquisition
10:58:33 AM...1st left to right roll reversal
11:08:46 AM...Velocity less than mach 2.5
11:11:00 AM...Velocity less than mach 1
11:11:50 AM...Shuttle banks to line up on runway 15
11:15:18 AM...Landing


Rev. 218 Deorbit to KSC

11:26 AM......Mission control 'go' for deorbit burn
11:32 AM......Mission specialists seat ingress
11:41 AM......Single hydraulic power unit start

11:46:32 AM...Deorbit ignition
11:49:09 AM...Deorbit burn complete

12:19:03 PM...Entry interface
12:23:59 PM...1st roll command to right
12:25:47 PM...Start peak heating
12:35:47 PM...End of peak heating
12:37:02 PM...1st right-to-left roll reversal
12:44:13 PM...Velocity less than mach 2.5
12:46:27 PM...Velocity less than mach 1
12:46:57 PM...Shuttle banks to line up on runway 15
12:50:44 PM...Landing
If Discovery is unable to land Saturday, the crew will have two more opportunities to make it back to Kennedy on Sunday, at 10:03 a.m. and 11:38 a.m.

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