Monday, September 21, 2009

Live: Discovery now aiming for afternoon return

Space shuttle Discovery is now expected to return to the Space Coast in the early afternoon, after leaving Louisiana around 10 a.m. EDT today.

NASA is closely monitoring weather along the route, and had said there was a possibility that morning fog would delay an earlier departure from Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La.

The shuttle is preparing to make the fourth and final leg of a cross-country ferry flight that began Sunday morning in California and stopped twice in Texas before reaching Barksdale for an overnight stay.

Flight managers plan to meet at 8 a.m. EDT to update the latest conditions.

Check back here for updates.

And once they take off, you'll be able to track the progress of Discovery's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and a C-9 support aircraft flying ahead of it here.

Click here to track the modifed 747with the tail number "NASA911," or here to track the NASA C-9 with tail number "NASA932."

IMAGE NOTES: Space shuttle Discovery and its modified 747 carrier aircraft arrived Sunday at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport, La., to complete the third leg of its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: Val Horvath, Shreveport Times.

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