Update: Discovery landed this morning right on time and everything went smoothly. The crew is now off the Orbiter and the long process of inspection has begun.
Just a couple of quick notes to start the morning:
- As I write this (Sunday night) the Space Shuttle is due to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:14 Pacific Time (13:14 Greenwich). They close the hatch (really, the payload bay doors) around 2:00 a.m. Pacific, fire the engines up 3 hours later, and in only and hour from then they'll be home-- if it doesn't rain on the landing site, in which case they'll scrub the attempt (actually, they won't even deorbit if there's a significant chance of rain). There were some troubles on the mission: one of their auxiliary power units which powers the hydraulics-- needed to brake upon landing -- gave them some grief. However, there are two backup units, so it shouldn't be too big a worry. I suppose I'll know when I wake in the morning, so I'll post again when I have more info.