Space shuttle Discovery is back in Florida
Shuttle Discovery has finally arrived back in Florida after bad weather during its return to earth forced a detour to an airbase in California.
Discovery arrived at Kennedy Space Center at noon Monday atop a modified Boeing 747 jet. The plane left Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana in the morning.
The flight actually began Sunday at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where Discovery ended its space station visit.
Stormy weather prevented Discovery from returning to its home base over a week ago.
It ended up in California, the the backup landing site. The detour costs NASA nearly US$2 million.
Juno is having an especially favorable apparition, making it about a magnitude brighter than it usually gets. It’s magnitude 8.2 on September 1st, 7.7 at opposition on September 21st, 7.8 on October 1st, 8.2 on November 1st, and 8.9 on December 1st.
According to Don Yeomans, manager of the Near-Earth Object Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “This is going to be as bright as it gets until 2018.”
Juno is positioned beneath the Great Square of Pegasus near the intersection of Pisces, Cetus, and Aquarius.