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NASA eyes weather at Kennedy Space Center

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

Space shuttle Atlantis will today return to terra firma at the end of its successful STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Atlantis has two "landing opportunities" at 14:00 GMT and 15:39 GMT, but weather conditions could prove "problematic " for a return to the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA forecasts indicate "a broken cloud layer at 4000 feet and a chance for thunderstorms within 30 nautical miles of the shuttle runway".

The mission control team will assess the situation before giving the shuttle crew a "go".

Should they deem the weather too inclement, Atlantis has four possible landing opportunities tomorrow - two at Kennedy and two at Edwards Air Force Base in California. ®

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