Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB
September 11, 2009

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Bad weather over Florida forced the Space Shuttle Discovery to wave off from its primary landing site and land at Edwards air Force Base in California at the conclusion of mission STS-128. Rain showers and thunderstorms were too close to the landing runway at the Kennedy Space Center. Deteriorating weather forecst for Saturday in California prompted mission planners to direct the shuttle crew to land on Friday. The Orbital Maneuvering System engines were fired at 4:47 PM PDT to begin the descent to landing.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 The arrival of Discovery was announced by two loud, sharp sonic booms that echoed from the surrounding desert. The orbiter left a short contrail as it descended toward the cloud deck.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 Discovery made a sweeping turn that took it over Highway 58 on the north side of the base.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 Discovery lined up with Runway 22 with its landing gear still retracted.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 Fire trucks stand by along the runway as the shuttle glides past.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 Discovery scrubs smoke from its tires as it touches down on Runway 22 at 5:53 PM.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009

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Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 The drag chute is deployed after the nose wheel contacts the runway.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 The drag chute unfurls to its full diameter as the orbiter slows to a halt. Note the tight clustering of the engine nozzles.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 NASA's Grumman Gulfstream 2 N945NA Shuttle Training Aircraft passes over the runway shortly after Discovery's landing. The pilot of the STA had evaluted the weather conditions at the landing site before Discovery's arrival.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 Technicians check for the presence of fumes from the orbiter's systems before the service vehicles approach Discovery. The engine nozzles have been moved to a position that allows any rain to drain out.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 The boarding stairs approach the entrance hatch on the side of the orbiter.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 Service vehicles stand by immediately after the landing.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 US Navy Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk BuNo 163286 of VX-31 based at NAWS China Lake orbits overhead, monitoring the sitation around the orbiter on the runway.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 US Army Bell UH-1H Huey 74-22459 also orbited the area. It serves as a threat simulator during exercises at Fort Irwin.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 SH-60F Seahawk BuNo 163286 orbits on the far side of Discovery.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 A passenger transporter approaches Discovery to offload the asronauts.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 UH-1H Huey 74-22459 orbits at a lower altitude than the Seahawk.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009 The service vehicles approach Discovery and connections are made to pump cool, inert gas into the orbiter.

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Edwards AFB, September 11, 2009



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A dozen photographs of the Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards Air Force Base. Bad weather at the Kennedy Space Center caused the Space shuttle Discovery to divert to Edwards Air Force Base at the conclusion of mission STS-128 on September 11, 2009. Following servicing in the Mate/Demate Device, it departed from Edwards on the back of 747 Carrier Aircraft N911NA on September 20.

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