Volcanic Surprise: Take your Toys and Go Home

Next week—Equinox, March 20th—marks a full decade since surprise eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, resulting in airline lockdown in Britain, Ireland, Norway and the Euro-bloc with flights cancelled for over a month.

While in the U.S, domestic flights were less affected, NASA suddenly had to find an alternative to (normal splashdown)landing of Space Shuttle Discovery on her final re-entry from the Space Station; dodging re-routed air traffic over the north American cointinent, in order to achieve an unprecedented touchdown at Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

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Tomorrow morning, April 19th, 2010, at around 5a.m. PST the Space Shuttle Discovery is due to reenter Earth’s atmosphere on a trajectory that takes her over the Pacific Northwest, and then on a southeasterly heading towards Cape Canaveral, Florida. She undocked from the International Space Station at the weekend in preparation for reentry.

Early birds in the states of Montana, South Dakota, Missouri and Mississippi and those driving to work in the cities of St. Louis, MO, Memphis, TN and Columbus, GA may catch a glimpse of the descending craft as it prepares for landing at the Kennedy Space Center, ETA 8:48a.m.

Viewers in continental U.S. will be able to see Discovery as a blazing fireball in the dawn sky on first reentry over Northern California, Oregon, Washington and BC, and then, when daylight progresses, as a bright high-altitude object, as the craft heads east. Those who may not be…

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