January 16, 1986 |
Space shuttle Columbia, which had trouble leaving Earth, had more trouble today when its return was called off because of a frequent Kennedy Space Center jinx--clouds and rain. "We will wave off for 24 hours . . . you're no-go for the deorbit burn," Mission Control communicator Fred Gregory told the astronauts. "Understand, Fred," commander Robert Gibson responded. If Columbia can't return here by Saturday, the ship will be diverted to land at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.