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The space shuttle Atlantis has begun its descent to Earth, after bad weather at the Florida landing site forced Nasa to cancel an earlier attempt.
The orbiter will now have to land Edwards Air Force Base in California, the US space agency said.
The shuttle is now scheduled to touch down at 16:39 BST (1139 EDT) at the military base in the Mojave Desert.

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NASA Calls Off First Atlantis Landing on Sunday
The crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis have been trying to return home since Friday but have been unable, due to weather conditions. The shuttle had four opportunities on Sunday to land, with the first landing waved off because of the same poor weather conditions that they've had for the past two days.

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Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew will stay in space another day after bad weather prevented them from landing Friday at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
NASA Flight Director Norm Knight and the entry team will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before permitting Atlantis and its crew to land at 9:16 a.m. Saturday. A second Kennedy landing opportunity is at 10:54 a.m. The shuttle also has landing opportunities at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 10:46 a.m. and 12:24 p.m.

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The Space Shuttle Atlantis landing for this morning has been postponed until Saturday due to weather conditions at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida being unfavourable. The STS-125 mission had two landing times available this morning and neither of the windows will work according to flight controllers.

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How to Land a Space Shuttle

It was a year before Atlantis' flight. The scene: NASA's so-called motion-base simulator for space shuttle crews at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. In the front-left seat rehearsing lift-offs and touchdowns, was Scott Altman, the commander of this month's mission to rescue the Hubble Space Telescope. In the front-right seat was a rank amateur: me.
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NASA astronaut and University of Chicago alumnus John Grunsfeld, SM'84, PhD'88, photographed a vintage Edwin Hubble basketball Tuesday on the space shuttle Atlantis, with the Hubble Space Telescope visible through the portholes.

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Bad weather may disrupt shuttle landing
Astronauts are conserving power on the space shuttle Atlantis because bad weather in Florida may keep them in orbit longer than planned.

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Atlantis Drops to Less Cluttered Orbit
Atlantis pilot Gregory "Ray J." Johnson fired the shuttle's twin orbital manoeuvring engines for more than two minutes to drop Atlantis into space less cluttered by debris for half of its orbit.

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Atlantis' astronauts tenderly dropped the Hubble Space Telescope overboard Tuesday, sending the restored observatory off on a new voyage of discovery and bidding it farewell on behalf of the planet.

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Space shuttle astronauts have embarked on the fifth and final spacewalk to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel have replaced three batteries, so that Hubble now has a brand new complement.
They have also replaced one of the telescope's three fine-guidance sensors which keep the telescope's gaze precisely fixed for observations.
Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to return to Earth on Friday.


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