Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Discovery Set For Final Full Day In Space

Discovery’s astronauts will test crucial landing systems today in advance of a planned atmospheric reentry and landing on Wednesday.

Here’s a look at the shuttle fleet-leader’s final full day in space:

6:23 a.m.: Flight Control System checkout.

6:28 a.m.: Cabin stow.

7:33 a.m.: Steering thruster hot-fire test.

11:23 a.m.: Media interviews with ABC News, CBS News and the Associated Press.

12:08 p.m.: Discovery crew tribute event.

4:23 p.m.: KuBand antenna stow, marks the end of live video from Discovery.

7:23 p.m.: Crew sleep.

Discovery and its crew are scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center at 11:58 a.m. Wednesday.

Sistership Endeavour is slated to head out to the launch pad at 8 p.m. Wednesday in advance of a planned April 19 launch of its final flight.

Endeavour's mission commander Mark Kelly, whose wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is recovering from an assassination attempt, will be at KSC with his crew on Wednesday. The Endeavour astronauts are scheduled to take part in a media Q & A session at 8:15 p.m.

The event will be carried live here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage. And be sure to refresh this page for periodic updates.

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