|Discovery final mission (Photo Credit NASA)|
An alternative landing window has also been scheduled for 1:34 pm EST depending on weather conditions in Florida. The backup landing site is also ready at Edwards Air Force Base.
Successful final mission
Discovery will be completing a 13 day mission to the International Space Station after the original schedule was expended by one day. Shuttle
Discovery undocked from the International Space Station at 6 am CST on the 7th March 2011 after eight days, 16 hours and 46 minutes.
Station Commander Scott Kelly praised the cooperation among crew members of both spacecraft. Discovery Commander Steve Lindsey said the team effort had allowed them “to accomplish well over 100 percent of our objectives.”
Discovery was the first space shuttle to dock with the International Space Station, during the STS-96 mission in 1999.
When Discovery lands it will have spent 365 days in space and travelled more than 148 million miles during 39 flights. After touchdown, the Discovery crew will have routine physical examinations and meet their families.