Associated Press Story on Shuttle Postponement

Date: Fri Sep 11 2009 - 02:14:25 UTC

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    Bad weather forces space shuttle to skip  landing
    AP Aerospace  Writer
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Bad weather  has delayed space
    shuttle Discovery's homecoming for at least a  day.
    NASA decided conditions were too poor to  bring Discovery back to
    Florida on Thursday evening. Mission Control skipped  both landing
    possibilities and ordered the seven astronauts to keep circling  the
    world for a 14th day. Their next chance at returning will be Friday
    at  5:54 p.m.
    The forecast for Florida on Friday  is worse, and it only gets a
    little better Saturday. NASA says if necessary,  it will consider
    the backup landing site in California on  Friday.
    There was a bit of excitement earlier  Thursday when the
    astronauts steered clear of a mysterious piece of space  junk. The
    debris apparently came from the shuttle or international  space
    (Copyright 2009 by The Associated  Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
    AP-NY-09-10-09 1932EDT  
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