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Weather Delays Atlantis Landing

Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis will make another attempt to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Saturday but stormy conditions could divert the crew to a backup site in California or keep them in orbit yet another day.

Rain showers and low clouds along with a chance for thunderstorms and lightning made for an easy and early call as mission managers passed on two opportunities to bring the shuttle and its seven astronauts back to Earth.

NASA was aiming for a 10 a.m. EDT landing. The wave-off call went up to the crew just before they were scheduled to close the shuttle's payload bay doors for the return trip home.

Atlantis will have two landing opportunities at KSC on Saturday: 9:16 a.m. and 10:54 a.m.

Two times also would be available at Edwards Air Force Base in California: 10:46 a.m. and 12:24 p.m. EDT.

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