September 11, 2009
STS-128 Welcome Home
The weather in Florida did not cooperate, so Mission Control directed the crew to land the Shuttle Discovery at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 7:53 p.m. Central Time today (Friday, Sept. 11).
The welcome home ceremony for the STS-128 crew will be held at Ellington Field (Take 45 to Ellington exit) in Houston on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (gates open at 3:30).
This traditional welcome home, held in hangar 990, is free and open to the public, though most of the crowd is family, friends, local news media, and coworkers. After the crew make their remarks (thanking everyone), they pose for photos and sign autographs--so bring a crew photo if you have one (there are not any available there). Children are welcome, but please be aware that there are only a few chairs, and the hangar is not air-conditioned. It sometimes gets quite warm despite the fans!
Another successful mission comes to a close. A hearty well done to the crew and ground teams of STS-128!
To the stars,
Posted by m_dyson at September 11, 2009 04:47 PM