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Diverted Landings
 
A diverted landing is one that was scheduled to land in one location but due to unacceptable conditions landed at an alternate location.

STS-3 - March 30, 1982
The landing site was changed from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Northrup Strip at White Sands, NM, due to wet conditions on Edwards dry lake bed.

STS-7 - June 24, 1983
The planned landing at Kennedy was scrubbed due to poor weather conditions in Florida; the orbiter landed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

STS 41-C - April 13, 1985
Scheduled end-of-mission landing in Florida was diverted to Edwards due to bad weather in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral.

STS 61-C - Jan. 18, 1986
Landing attempts at Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 16, 17 and 18 were waved off due to unacceptable weather and the orbiter was diverted to Edwards in California.

STS-38 - Nov. 20, 1990
The mission was extended one day due to unacceptable crosswinds at the original planned landing site, Edwards. Continued adverse conditions at Edwards prompted decision to shift landing to Kennedy. This was the first end-of-mission at Kennedy since April 1985.

STS-39 - May 6, 1991
The landing was diverted to Kennedy Space Center because of unacceptably high winds at the planned landing site, Edwards.

STS-48 - Sept. 18, 1991
Originally scheduled to be the first orbiter night landing at Kennedy, but was diverted to Edwards due to rapidly changing weather conditions and the possibility of rain showers in the Cape Canaveral area.

STS-44 - Dec. 1, 1991
The landing was originally scheduled for Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 4, but the ten-day mission was shortened and the landing shifted to Edwards due to on-orbit failure of one of three orbiter inertial measurement units or IMUs. Flight rules stipulate that a mission must be placed in a minimum duration status and the landing site switched to Edwards if even one IMU fails.

STS-50 - July 9, 1992
The long-duration flight carrying the Spacelab module was scheduled to land at Edwards on July 8, but rain postponed landing until the next day. Continued inclement weather on west coast diverted the orbiter to Florida.

STS-53 - Dec. 9, 1992
The landing was originally set for Florida, but was diverted to Edwards Air Force Base due to clouds in the vicinity of the landing strip.

STS-55 - May 6, 1993
The landing was originally set for Kennedy Space Center but was switched to Edwards due to unacceptable cloud cover in Florida.

STS-59 - April 20, 1994
Landing was originally set for Florida on April 19, but was waved off due to low clouds and possible thunderstorms in the area. An early landing opportunity at Kennedy on April 20 also was waved off in favor of an Edwards landing.

STS-64 - Sept. 20, 1994
Mission was already extended one day and then was extended again after first landing opportunities at Kennedy on Sept. 20 were waved off due to stormy weather. Two additional opportunities at Kennedy on Sept. 20 were also waved off, and the orbiter was diverted to California.

STS-68 - Oct. 11, 1994
The landing was diverted to Edwards due to unacceptable weather at Kennedy Space Center.

STS-66 - Nov. 14, 1994
The landing was diverted to California due to high winds, rain and clouds in Florida caused by Tropical Storm Gordon.

STS-67 - March 18, 1995
The orbiter was diverted to Edwards on March 18 after landing opportunities in Florida on March 17 and 18 were waved off due to weather.

STS-76 - March 31, 1995
Orbiter was diverted to Edwards on March 31 after landing opportunities in Florida on March 30 and 31 were waved off due to weather. This was the first landing diverted to Edwards in about a year.

STS-92 - Oct. 24, 2000
The shuttle was diverted to Edwards on Oct. 24 after spending more than two extra days in space due to unfavorable weather at both landing sites. This was the first landing diverted to Edwards in over four years.

STS-98 - Feb. 20, 2001
Atlantis was diverted to California after broken clouds and precipitation formed over the landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center, preventing Atlantis from returning to the Florida spaceport in the two opportunities which were available that day.

STS-100 - May 1, 2001
Endeavour landed on the first of two Edwards landing opportunities after being waved off two times at Kennedy due to unfavorable weather conditions.

STS-111 - June 19, 2002
Endeavour landed on the first of two Edwards landing opportunities after two days of wave-offs at Kennedy due to weather concerns.

STS-114 - July 26, 2005
There were 4 waved off landing attempts at Kennedy Space Center due to weather. The orbiter landed on the first opportunity at Edwards Air Force Base, making the 6th night landing at Edwards and the 50th shuttle landing in California.

STS-117 - June 22, 2007
Atlantis' first two landing attempts on June 21 were waved off due to stormy weather over Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was diverted to Edwards Air Force Base in California where it made a safe landing on Runway 22 at 3:49 p.m. EDT the next day.

STS-126 - Nov. 30, 2008
Out-of-limit winds during two landing opportunities forced Endeavour to be diverted to Edwards after forecasters predicted weather would still be unacceptable at Kennedy on Dec. 1.

STS-125 - May 24, 2009
Uncooperative weather caused landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center to be waved off for three days. Atlantis landed at Edwards Air Force Base on Runway 22 at 11:39 a.m. EDT on the third day.

STS-128 - Sept. 11, 2009
Dynamic weather conditions caused the first four landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center to be waved off. Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base on Runway 22 at 8:53 p.m. EDT.