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Storms may delay shuttle's return

September 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The shuttle Discovery's astronauts aimed for a landing this evening to wrap up their successful space station delivery mission, but storms threatened to keep them in orbit an extra day or two.

Mission Control said that "the weather will pose a challenge" for bringing Discovery home. The forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms. Conditions were expected to worsen Friday and remain poor Saturday.

If the shuttle cannot return to Florida by this evening, NASA will consider landing it in California, but not until Friday at the earliest.

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