STS-70 Day 9 Highlights
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- On Friday, July 21, 1995, 8 a.m. CDT, STS-70 MCC Status Report # 16
- Low clouds and fog at the Kennedy Space Center.have caused mission
managers and flight controllers to postpone Discovery's landing 24
hours until early Saturday morning.
- Flight Director Rich Jackson directed the five STS-70 astronauts to
remain aloft for another day after poor visibility prevented
Discovery's homecoming on two consecutive landing
opportunities. Landing support was not called up at the backup landing
site at California's Edwards Air Force Base for today.
- Discovery's astronauts were informed that their landing had been
waved off for the day at 7:10 AM CDT after astronaut Steve Oswald,
flying weather reconnaissance in a Shuttle Training Aircraft over the
landing strip, reported that he could not see the 3- mile long runway
from his vantage point.
- Commander Tom Henricks, Pilot Kevin Kregel and Mission Specialists
Don Thomas, Nancy Currie and Mary Ellen Weber climbed out of their
launch and entry suits after the wave-off was declared and prepared to
begin another eight-hour sleep period at 1:42 p.m. CDT. They'll be
awakened at 9:42 p.m. to resume preparations for another try at coming
- Two landing opportunities are available at the Kennedy Space Center
Saturday. The first calls for a deorbit burn at 4:26 a.m. CDT with a
landing at 5:26 a.m. CDT. the second opportunity calls for a deorbit
burn at 6 a.m. CDT with a landing at 7:02 a.m. If the weather does
not cooperate at KSC, Discovery will be directed to land at
California's Edwards Air Force Base. The one Edwards opportunity
tomorrow will start with a deorbit burn at 7:28 a.m. CDT with a
landing at 8:29 a.m. CDT.
- On Friday, July 21, 1995, 2:30 p.m. CDT, STS-70 MCC Status Report # 17
- Discovery's crew spent a quiet extra day aloft after canceling efforts
toward a landing this morning due to fog and low clouds at Florida's
Kennedy Space Center shuttle runway.
- The crew began an eight-hour sleep period at 1:42 p.m. CDT and will
awaken at 9:42 p.m. to refocus landing efforts toward a Saturday
morning touchdown in either Florida or at Edwards Air Force Base,
- Discovery has a total of three landing opportunities Saturday, two
to Florida and one to California. The first opportunity would have the
shuttle fire its engines at 4:25 a.m. CDT to descend to a Florida
landing at 5:26 a.m. CDT. A second opportunity would begin with an
engine firing at 6 a.m. CDT culminating in a Florida touchdown at 7:02
- The third opportunity, to California, would begin with an engine
firing at 7:26 a.m. CDT and result in an 8:29 a.m. CDT touchdown at
- The forecast for Florida tomorrow morning again calls for a
possibility of fog and low clouds that could prohibit landing. The
forecast for California calls for excellent landing weather, with only
high, scattered clouds and light westerly winds.
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