Saturday, May 23, 2009

Atlantis to Try a KSC Landing on Sunday

Rains and low clouds at the Kennedy Space Center has caused Entry Flight Director Norm Knight in Mission Control to wave off a Florida landing today by shuttle Atlantis in favor of a Sunday touchdown.

Having donned their orange entry suits and closed the payload bay doors, the seven member crew of Atlantis waited patiently for an entire orbit as the control center assessed the dynamic weather conditions around the Space Coast. NASA simply wanted to keep Kennedy open and at the last possible minute elected to give the crew another day in space.

Edwards weather, meanwhile, had been favorable for today.
Astronaut Chris Ferguson is flying a shuttle trainer aircraft at Edwards, AFB and reporting back to Houston's Mission Control his weather findings.

Landing is now targeted for the first KSC attempt at 10:11 am EDT tomorrow.

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