Atlantis Landing In Just a Few Hours

First thing, open NASA TV in another window and watch while you read this. And if you’re looking at mission control, compare to this picture I took yesterday:

There was a window with no signal from Atlantis (on the board you can see the shuttle is where a green circle and yellow circle overlap), so most everyone went on break, which is why the room is almost empty. The Flight Director is still on the job. And was drinking a cup from Wendy’s. (Wendy’s marketing people, I see an opportunity there.) Also, the station near the front is dark b/c that is where those in charge of rendezvous sit, and since Atlantis separated from ISS, that station is done.

Here is the Shuttle Landing Countdown or Landing Timeline so you can follow along at home:

12:39 a.m. Weather briefing
12:54 a.m. Atlantis deorbit preparations begin
2:08 a.m. Closing of payload bay doors
2:18 a.m. Mission Control “go” for Ops 3 software transition
3:08 a.m. Shuttle Training Aircraft takeoff for weather reconnaissance
3:25 a.m. Astronauts suit up
3:48 a.m. Seat ingress
4:15 a.m. Orbital Maneuvering System engine gimble checks
4:26 a.m. Auxiliary power unit prestart
4:28 a.m. Mission Control “go or no-go” for deorbit burn
4:35 a.m. Maneuver to the deorbit burn attitude
3:25 a.m. Astronauts suit up
4:48 a.m. Deorbit burn for 3 min., 17 sec.
5:24 a.m. Entry interface
5:29 a.m. First roll command (to left)
5:41 a.m. First roll reversal(left to right)
5:43 a.m. MILA tracking station radar acquisition of Atlantis
5:53 a.m. Heading alignment circle intercept
5:56 a.m. Atlantis lands at Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida
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I've won a spot for the STS-135 NASA Tweetup. I'm going to try to document the experience.
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