If you hear a loud, earth shaking explosion Friday or Saturday, have no fear… its probably a sonic boom from the Space Shuttle Atlantis reentering the atmosphere on its descent to the Edwards Air Force Base.
Intermittent summer thunderstorms have already postponed Atlantis scheduled landing today at the Kennedy Space Center, opening up the possibility of a California landing tomorrow or Saturday. New Mexico’s White Sands Space Harbor is the shuttle’s third landing option.
Edwards Air Force Base announced today that they would be opening a viewing area for the potential shuttle landing. Located northeast of Palmdale and Lancaster, the viewing area is approximately a two hour drive from the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. (directions here)
The shuttle’s potential landing times at Edwards are Friday at 12:45 p.m., 2:17 p.m., and 3:53 p.m. The potential landing times for Saturday are 1:03 p.m. and 2:38 p.m.
Have any blogging.la readers ever attended a space shuttle landing at Edwards – and if so, any tips on what to expect or how to make it a better experience?