Discovery is on its way home, and on the way to retirement.
Deorbit preparations have begun, and the weather looks great for a landing just before noon Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center.
The payload bay doors were closed on Discovery just before 8:30 a.m.Wednesday.
Discovery has two shots to return home Wednesday:
1st landing attempt -- 11:57 a.m.
Weather permitting, Discovery will fly over Guatemala and Belize, and then south of I-4 as it flies over the Florida Peninsula and back to KSC.
2nd landing attempt -- 1:34 p.m.
If needed, Discovery will orbit the Earth one last time, flying across Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast, and then over Central Florida's northern counties on its way back to KSC.
It all depends on the weather. Mission managers said they expect near perfect landing conditions for both landing opportunities.
The forecast on the Space Coast looks good, with the only issue being winds, some gusting up to 25 mph.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER