All Saturday landing attempts for space shuttle Atlantis have been scrubbed because of weather conditions, NASA said.
The next landing opportunity at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center will be at 10:11 a.m. ET Sunday, according to the space agency. NASA waved off the first landing opportunity Saturday at 9:16 a.m. because of bad weather in Florida. When conditions showed no sign of improving, the agency decided to wait a day. On Friday, NASA canceled two possible landing times because of a weather system that has dumped more than 2 feet of rain over parts of northeastern Florida. That weather system is lingering in the Gulf of Mexico and continues to spread rain across the region. NASA has listed six potential landing times on Sunday for Edwards, Kennedy and White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. Atlantis launched May 11 for NASA’s final repair visit to the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis astronauts conducted spacewalks during the mission to perform routine repairs and replace key instruments.
Upgraded Hubble flies solo again
The mission was one of the most ambitious space repair efforts ever attempted. Hubble was released back into solo orbit Tuesday morning. In space for 19 years, Hubble can capture clear images that telescopes on Earth cannot, partly because it does not have to gaze through Earth’s murky atmosphere.