Atlantis homecoming delayed again
Pesky Florida weather
Space shuttle Atlantis will land tomorrow following the second postponement of its homecoming due to bad weather.
NASA explained that "the weather did not permit a Kennedy landing today". Capsule Communicator Greg Johnson elaborated: "There's a chance for a landing at Kennedy [space center] tomorrow, and we're going to keep that option open. Edwards [air force base, California] remains good for tomorrow and Monday, if needed."
During five space walks, the Atlantis crew (pictured front row L-R Pilot Gregory C. Johnson, Commander Scott Altman and Mission Specialist Megan McArthur, back row L-R mission specialists Andrew Feustel, John Grunsfeld, Mike Massimino and Michael Good) installed the new Wide Field Camera 3 and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, replaced the troublesome Science Instrument Command and Data Handling Unit, gyros and nickel-hydrogen battery units, and repaired the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and the Advanced Camera for Surveys.
All being well, the venerable eye in the sky is now in good shape to continue working until at least 2014. ®
Yay! Megan McArthur!
That is one serious Zero G ready hair style. Nom Nom Nom.
.... what has happened to that woman's hair?
Lots of rain here!
It has been raining hard literally all week. Daytona Beach has had 20.06" inches of rain just this week. Lots of people have been flooded out and it's been declared a disaster area. Orlando International Airport has had 10.57" this week as well.
For budget reasons, they really want to land at KSC. They'll be able to land at Edwards no matter what, so it will be left until it's the absolutely last option.
Today there weren't any thunderstorms within the 30 mile radius, but there was lots of little storms just southeast, moving northwest, and they were worried that these could run up and cause problems between the deorbit burn and the actual landing.
And yes, it's that hard to tell what the Florida weather is going to do in 2-1/2 hours.