Sunday, February 20, 2011

Discovery crew headed to KSC today

The six astronauts flying Discovery's final mission are scheduled to fly into Kennedy Space Center later this afternoon.

Mission commander Steve Lyndsey, pilot Eric Boe and mission specialists Mike Barratt, Steve Bowen, Al Drew and Nicole Stott are due in around 3:45 p.m. in a fleet of T-38 training jets.

Click the NASA TV box at right to launch a viewer and watch their arrival live.

The crew and Discovery are scheduled to launch an 11-day mission to the International Space Station at 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

The mission's official three-day countdown is expected to begin at 3 p.m. Monday.

This morning, a Russian Progress cargo ship was scheduled to undock from the space station, clearing a port for Europe's Johannes Kepler resupply ship, which launched last Wednesday and plans to to dock hours before Discovery's launch Thursday.

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