Space Shuttle Crew Set to Return to Earth Wednesday

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May 25, 2010

Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Atlantis and its six-member crew 
are expected to return to Earth on Wednesday, May 26, after a 12-day 
mission. NASA managers will evaluate weather conditions at the 
agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before permitting Atlantis 
to land. 

Wednesday landing opportunities at Kennedy are at 8:48 a.m. and 10:22 
a.m. EDT. If Atlantis is unable to land Wednesday, additional 
opportunities are available at Kennedy on Thursday at 9:13 a.m. and 
10:48 a.m. There are opportunities Friday at Kennedy and backup 
landing site Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. For recorded updates 
about landing, call 321-867-2525.

Approximately two hours after Atlantis lands, NASA officials will hold 
a media briefing to discuss the mission. The participants will be:

Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations

Mike Moses, space shuttle launch integration manager

Mike Leinbach, space shuttle launch director

After touchdown, the astronauts will undergo routine physical 
examinations and meet with their families. The crew will participate 
in a post-landing news conference approximately four and a half hours 
after landing. The news events will be broadcast live on NASA 
Television and streamed on the agency's Web site.

The Kennedy news center will open for landing activities from 4:30 
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The STS-132 media badges are in effect 
through landing. The media accreditation building on State Road 3 
will open at 4 a.m. Wednesday. The last bus will depart from the news 
center for the Shuttle Landing Facility one hour before landing.

If the shuttle landing is diverted to Edwards, news media should call 
the public affairs office at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at 
661-276-3449 for access. Dryden has limited facilities available for 
previously accredited journalists.

The NASA News Twitter feed is updated throughout the shuttle mission 
and landing. To follow, visit:

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming 
video, visit: 

For the latest information about the STS-132 mission and 
accomplishments, visit: 

For more information about the space station and its crew, visit:  


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