Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/22/atlantis_landing/

Atlantis home today, storms permitting

NASA eyes weather at Kennedy Space Center

By Lester Haines

Posted in Science, 22nd May 2009 08:20 GMT

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. ®