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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

*Endeavour Lands at Kennedy Space Center*
Heralded by its trademark twin sonic booms, space shuttle Endeavour
returned to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:39 p.m. EDT,
concluding the STS-123 mission with a smooth touchdown on Runway 15.

Down and safe, maybe you got a chance to watch NASA TV.

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Welcome to NASA's STS-123 Landing Blog

Video highlights from today's landing are selected from televised
coverage provided by NASA TV.
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*Note:* All times are given in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted.
10:04 p.m. - The weather is pleasant and in the mid-60s with no rain in
the forecast while Endeavour is on the runway waiting to be towed to the
Orbiter Processing Facility.

9:54 p.m. - The crew members are being welcomed by NASA Administrator
Michael Griffin, Deputy Administrator Shana Dale, Kennedy Space Center
Director Bill Parsons, Launch Director Mike Leinbach and other NASA and
Japanese officials.

9:51 p.m. - The stairs are down on the crew transport vehicle and the
astronauts have emerged.

Some of the crew members are taking a walk around the orbiter for one
last look at the vehicle.

9:45 p.m. - NASA's Astrovan will be arriving at the landing facility.
The vehicle will carry the STS-123 mission team back to the crew
quarters, where they suited up for this eventful mission more than 15
days ago. There they will undergo a complete medical exam and be
reunited with their immediate family members.

9:35 p.m. - Endeavour's crew hatch has been opened. The astronauts have
left the orbiter and entered the crew transport vehicle or CTV. The CTV
contains beds and comfortable seats so that the astronauts can receive a
brief medical checkup before stepping onto the tarmac.

9:32 p.m. - The final steps in 'safing' the vehicle are being completed.

9:15 p.m. - The recovery operations convoy has arrived. When the vehicle
is considered safe from all potential hazards and free of toxic gases,
the purge and coolant umbilical access vehicle will move into position
at the rear of the orbiter.

Following purge and cooling system connections, the crew transport
vehicle moves into position adjacent to the orbiter access hatch on
Endeavour's port side.

9:01 p.m. - It's been a little over 20 minutes since Endeavour and its
crew touched down at Kennedy Space Center. The landing convoy will be
gathering around the vehicle to work on "safing" procedures.

8:58 p.m. - The orbiter's hydraulic systems are being shut down.

8:50 p.m. - Work to safely shut down Endeavour's systems is continuing.

8:45 p.m. - The Endeavour crew returned to Earth after about 16 days in
space including a record-breaking 12 days at the International Space
Station. The mission concluded on its 250th orbit.

8:42 p.m. - The crew will now work through a checklist for shutting down
the orbiter and "safing" the vehicle.

8:39 p.m. - Main gear is down and locked � Main gear touchdown... Nose
gear touchdown ...

Touchdown! Endeavour has safely landed with its crew of seven astronauts
at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The drag chute is deployed ...

Endeavour's wheels have come to a stop. Welcome home, Endeavour, after
completing a journey of more than 6,578,000 million miles!



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