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September 10, 2009

Chris McGee, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
(228) 688-3249

Shuttle Discovery Could Create Sonic Booms Along Coast

If space shuttle Discovery is unable to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on its first attempt this evening, residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast should hear a double sonic boom about 7:25 p.m. as the vehicle makes its second landing approach to the site.

The shuttle is scheduled to conclude its STS-128 mission to the International Space Station with a 6:05 p.m. CDT landing at Kennedy. However, if that attempt is waved off, the shuttle will make a second attempt at 7:42 p.m. at Kennedy.

On the second attempt, residents would be able to hear the shuttle's signature double sonic boom as the vehicle flies over the Mississippi Gulf Coast about 7:25 p.m.

For more information about NASA's Shuttle Program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle



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