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Another Day in Space For Discovery Crew

11 Sep 2009, 01:47 UTC
Another Day in Space For Discovery Crew
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Florida's fickle weather trumped NASA today, giving the shuttle Discovery crew a 14th day in orbit. Tomorrow could be even more dynamic, so flight directors are calling up the shuttle's backup landing site at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Touchdown there would be at 5:53 p.m. local time. NASA put out a statement that the public viewing site on the east shoreline of Rogers Dry Lake will NOT be open for viewing (spoil sports!). For more information on seeing the shuttle landing call NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at 661-276-3449. The agency also advises Californians that "a strong sonic boom could be generated along the shuttle's route of descent along the Southern California coastline about five to 10 minutes before landing." The area that could be affected extends from south of Los Angeles to south of San Luis Obispo, and then inland over portions of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Kern counties.

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