Stashed under a rock…

I have been in training all week, which has clobbered my access to new things to pass along or to write anything of any import. I’ll be back next week with my customary riveting commentary.

I have been reminded this week of the immense ability of engineers to patronise, and of the great power of a liberal arts education. While those two realizations are not what I was supposed to learn this week, they have certainly drowned out the nonsense that I’ve been sitting through for the last four days.

Keep the crew of the Atlantis in your prayers tomorrow, as they plan to return to Earth after today’s lousy weather held them off for a day.

The crew will have several opportunities to land Atlantis on Friday: two at Kennedy and three at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The landing times are approximate and subject to change. All times are EDT:

Primary landing site: Kennedy Space Center 2:18 p.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 1:16 p.m.) 3:54 p.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 2:52 p.m.)

Backup landing site: Edwards Air Force Base 3:49 p.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 2:46 p.m.) 5:24 p.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 4:21 p.m.) 6:59 p.m. landing (de-orbit burn at 5:58 p.m.)

If needed, there are additional landing opportunities Saturday at all three of the space shuttle’s landing sites: Kennedy, Edwards and White Sands Space Harbor, N.M.

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