Re: Nov 7 Shuttle re-entry path and time?

Date: Thu Nov 08 2007 - 01:35:35 UTC

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    On orbit 238, Discovery will cross the western coast of North America at 12:39 p.m. EST (9:39 a.m. PST), just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. 
    Traveling on a southeast trajectory, the orbiter will be passing over northwestern Montana just a minute later (10:40 a.m. MST).  Four minutes later (11:44 a.m. CST), Discovery will be streaking over southern Nebraska.  After another two minutes have elapsed, it will be racing over Springfield, Missouri, and by 11:49 a.m. CST it will be over central Alabama.  At 12:55:16 p.m. EST, the shuttle will decelerate to two and a half times the speed of sound (mach 2.5), dropping to an altitude of 80,000-feet just to the northwest of Cape Canaveral.  Touchdown is scheduled for 1:01:50 p.m. EST.  
    Should Discovery be waved off on this first attempt, a second attempt will be made on orbit 239. 
    On this track, the shuttle would reach the Oregon coast just northwest of Portland at 11:13 a.m. PST, passing over Salt Lake City at 12:16 p.m. MST, Dallas-Fort Worth at 1:20 p.m. CST, and Baton Rouge by 1:22 p.m. CST.  After a six minute trek across the Gulf of Mexico, Discovery would reach the west coast of Florida north of Tampa at 2:28 p.m. EST, with a landing at KSC at 2:36:12 p.m. EST. 
    The landing tracks can be seen at this NASA site.
    Hope this helps
     On Wed Nov  7 19:08 , Thomas Ashcraft  sent:
    >November 7, 2007
    >Does anyone know the time line of the shuttle STS-120 re-entry over 
    >North America today?  Specifically I am asking where the shuttle was 
    >passing over at 1749 - 1750 UT? 
    >If this question is not appropriate for this list could someone refer me 
    >to a better place to ask this question.
    >Many thanks in advance.
    >Thomas Ashcraft
    >New Mexico
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