[FPSPACE] One for the experts: Exp 9 night landing?

Bob Christy rdc at zarya.info
Thu Oct 28 16:13:14 EDT 2004

Prolonging the mission would have pushed the landing earlier, making it even
longer before dawn.

For safety - lighting conditions on-orbit prior to, and at the point of,
retro-fire are more important. If the crew has sight of the horizon at
critical moments, they have a chance to navigate and orient the spacecraft
visually should it be necessary.

Bob Christy

-----Original Message-----
From: fpspace-bounces at friends-partners.org
[mailto:fpspace-bounces at friends-partners.org]On Behalf Of David Anderman
Sent: 28 October 2004 17:55
To: fpspace at friends-partners.org
Subject: [FPSPACE] One for the experts: Exp 9 night landing?

It looks like Exp 9 landed at night. Why didn't the mission prolong a few
days, and land after sunrise?


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