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Sun, Aug 07, 2005

STS-114 Coming Home

Nervous Energy

The Discovery Crew woke up at 2030 EDT and immediately began preparing for a planned 0447 landing at Kennedy Space Center Monday Morning. A mission full of tense moments will hopefully come to a safe ending.

"We're looking forward to coming home," Commander Eileen Collins radioed to Mission Control upon crew wakeup.

Collins and her crewmates immediately began preparing the orbiter and themselves for landing. Their first landing opportunity is at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 0447 Monday. If weather prohibits landing on that orbit, they will have another opportunity about 90 minutes later.

If the crew gets the go-ahead from Mission Control for the first landing opportunity, Collins and Pilot Jim Kelly will execute an engine burn that drops Discovery from orbit at 0340.

ANN wishes them a safe descent and landing.

FMI: www.nasa.gov/returntoflight

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