Shuttle Atlantis Return Home Delayed Until May 24
In the hopes of still allowing the STS-125 crew to make a return trip home to the Kennedy Space Center, mission managers have elected to keep space shuttle Atlantis in orbit an additional day and are now targeting Sunday, May 24, as landing day. Dynamic weather in the area around NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida did not allow for any landing attempts on Saturday. Weather forecasts for Sunday show improvement trends, and the weather at the alternate landing site at Edwards Air Force Base in California is described as rock solid.
The Goddard Visitor Center will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The first landing opportunities at both the Kennedy Space Center and Edwards Air Force Base are at slightly after 10 a.m. ET.