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Space Shuttle Discovery Scheduled to Land Early Friday Morning
News story originally written on February 20, 1997

The Discovery Space Shuttle is scheduled to land at 1:48 am EST on Friday, February 21, at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This will be only the fourth time that a nighttime landing of a Shuttle will occur at the KSC.

If weather is inclement, the second landing opportunity will be at 3:31am on Friday at KSC. There are also landing opportunities at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 3:22am and 5:04am EST.

Friday's weather at KSC is expected to be good with scattered clouds from 3000 feet and winds of 6 to 10 knots from the southwest.

As of Thursday morning, the current orbital altitude and inclination of the Shuttle is 360 miles at 28.45 degrees. The mission duration has been 9 days, 21 hours, and 53 minutes.

The Discovery mission consisted of making several repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope. The mission thus far has been a complete success. The Hubble Space Telescope was put back into orbit at 1:41 am on Thursday, February 20.

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