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March 27, 2009

STS-119 Welcome Home

The photos the crew took of the space station as they left on Wednesday were truly spectacular. My comemnt was, "Finally, it looks like the model I've been showing at schools!"

I was also very happy to hear that the new urine recycling system appears to be working. The STS-119 crew is bringing back samples for testing to clear the way for the use of this water by an expanded crew planned for the end of May.

The STS-119 crew landing can be seen Saturday, March 28, on NASA TV, or on the Web at: at 12:39 Central time. A second opportunity is available at 2:13 p.m. CDT.

Earlier on Saturday morning, 7:14 a.m. Central time, the Soyuz carrying Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Astronaut Michael Barratt, and repeat spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi will dock to the station. Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov, and Japanese Astronaut Koichi Wakata will greet them. Fincke and Lonchakov will take the older Soyuz home after handover next week. Wakata will stay on the station until June.

Those in the Houston area are invited to welcome the STS-119 crew home at Ellington Field Hangar 990 on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., and if you don't want to park on the grass, get there early!

Returning from space are Commander Lee Archambault, Pilot Tony Antonelli, Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, and Richard Arnold, and Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus.

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Welcome home STS-119 and Sandy!

Marianne Dyson
NSS advisor

Posted by m_dyson at March 27, 2009 02:06 PM



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