Saturday, April 17, 2010

Shuttle May Flyover As It Lands!!

The Space Shuttle Discovery is set to land Monday morning (weather pending... keep reading). IF NASA chooses to take the FIRST landing approach, the shuttle will fly over parts of Region 8. According to the map released from NASA, it will fly almost directly over Poplar Bluff, Kennett, and Blytheville. I'm still unsure if we'll be able to see it from other parts of Region 8, but I'm pretty confident that if you are in Paragould, Jonesboro, and other surrounding areas... you will be able to see it by looking from North to East as it goes by... It will look like a streak in the sky and will possibly have a double sonic boom. (Sweet!)

The sun rises at 6:25 AM Monday morning and we should start looking for the shuttle after 7:15 AM. At some point between 7:15AM and 7:45 AM, we should see something. It would probably be around 7:30 AM if I'm reading this correctly...

Here's the BAD NEWS... There is a good chance of rain at Cape Canaveral and this landing approach may not be taken...

IF they choose the second landing approach, the path will be farther south and will go over Little Rock and many of us will not be able to see it... If neither path is chosen and the landing is delayed a day or two, NASA will release new maps and times. I'll keep you posted. Here's a map of the second approach:

Let's hope we see and/or hear something!

1 comment:

Karen H. said...

That would be so cool to see it here in Region 8. Let's hope everything goes as planned with no Rain.

Karen Horton
Caraway, AR.