Crew to Begin Fluid Loading, Suiting Up

Mission control has given the crew a "go" to start fluid loading. It involves drinking large amounts of liquids and salt tablets to help readapt to gravity. The astronauts also are beginning to get into their launch/landing pressurized suits.

Flight controllers continue to closely watch the weather, which is considered very dynamic. Currently, we are observed and forecast NO GO for the first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility tonight.

Because of the debris avoidance maneuver conducted this afternoon, the deorbit burn now would be at 5:57 p.m. EDT for a landing at 7:04 p.m.