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Atlantis Spends Another Day in Orbit

Entry Flight Director Norm Knight has waved off today's landing opportunities, meaning that the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis will spend another day orbiting the Earth.

NASA's Greg Johnson explained to the crew that weather did not permit a Kennedy landing today.

"There's a chance for a landing at Kennedy tomorrow, and we're going to keep that option open," Johnson told the crew. "Edwards remains good for tomorrow and Monday, if needed."

For the first opportunity in Florida at Kennedy Space Center, the crew would execute a deorbit burn at 7:58 a.m. and land at 9:11 a.m. The second Kennedy opportunity calls for a deorbit burn at 9:31 a.m. and landing at 10:49 a.m.

The first landing opportunity targeted in California at Edwards Air Force Base would start with a deorbit burn at 9:25 a.m. and culminate in a 10:40 a.m. landing. The second opportunity would begin with a deorbit burn at 11:08 a.m. and result in landing at 12:19 p.m.

The Kennedy weather forecast is expected to improve slightly, but there is a chance that weather in the vicinity of the Shuttle Landing Facility will continue to be unfavorable. The Edwards forecast is generally favorable.

Atlantis arrived at the Hubble Space Telescope on May 13, and the STS-125 crew performed five spacewalks on five consecutive days to repair and upgrade the telescope.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 4:01 p.m. and awaken at 12:01 a.m. Sunday to continue preparations for landing.

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