Saturday, April 17, 2010

Analysis of thermal tiles complete

Capsule Communicator Steve Swanson notified Discovery at 11:54 a.m. EDT that the thermal protection system has been cleared for re-entry by the Mission Management Team

Discovery's crew today will store the orbital boom sensing system and the Ku-band antenna. The crew will also dump wastewater.

The antenna malfunctioned during the mission, but the shuttle crew received most critical information before leaving the station, Jones said.

"We got the crew in the same configuration as if we had the Ku-antenna," Richard Jones, lead shuttle flight director, said during an 11:20 a.m. EDT Mission Status Briefing.

Tomorrow will be a slow day for the crew, who will have more free time than usual, because the thermal protection system has already been inspected and cleared.

"The crew is going to be buttoning up the cabin (Sunday)," Jones said

A chance of rain is predicted at KSC Monday due to an approaching front.

Discovery is scheduled to return to KSC Monday shortly before 9 a.m EDT. Three more shuttle missions remain.

"It was more of a deeper emotion," said Jones, describing the end of this mission. "I'm sure it's running through people's minds."

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