Shuttle To Land In Cali

Via CNN (no word from Dr. BA yet…):

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — For the second day, rain prevented space shuttle Atlantis from landing Friday at the Kennedy Space Center on its first try, leaving NASA managers to decide whether to prepare to land at a backup site in California instead.

“Our mindset down here is we’re going to land you somewhere safely today,” Mission Control told the shuttle crew Friday morning.

The first landing attempt at California’s Edwards Air Force Base would be at 3:49 p.m. ET. If the weather cleared up over Florida before then, NASA could instead try bringing the shuttle into Kennedy at 3:55 p.m. ET.

The landing site at Edwards was expected to have clear skies, and wind gusts there were not expected to pick up until late in the day.

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