Sunday, September 20, 2009

Watch live: Discovery ferry flight "go" for takeoff

Space shuttle Discovery is "go" to take flight again this morning, on the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet scheduled to depart Edwards Air Force Base at 9:20 a.m. EDT.

It's the start of a planned two-day 2,500-mile ferry flight back to Kennedy Space Center.

You can watch Discovery's pre-sunrise departure from Edwards - where the spacecraft landed Sept. 11 to end a 14-day mission - live here. Just click on the NASA TV still image on the right side of the page.

And follow the flight's progress by clicking on the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft's tail number: NASA911.

The first of three planned stops today will be a nearly three-hour swing to Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, Texas, cruising at about 15,000 feet.

Today's journey could take Discovery as far as Shreveport, La., for an overnight stop, with plans to return to Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning.

Weather will be determine where the ferry flight stops to refuel and the timing of its arrival on the Space Coast.

You can also track the progress of a C-9 pathfinder aircraft flying about 20 minues ahead of Discovery: NASA932.

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