Discovery's First Landing Waved off

HOUSTON, April 19 (UPI) — Clouds and rain over the Kennedy space Center in Florida forced NASA to wave off space shuttle Discovery’s first landing attempt Monday.

The shuttle’s crew reprogrammed the spacecraft’s computers for a 9:17 a.m. EDT deorbit burn to allow for a 10:23 a.m. landing, but NASA said conditions were uncertain. If the shuttle crew is unable to land in Florida Monday, they might make an attempt at a California landing on Tuesday, officials said.

The landing will mark the end of the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station and Discovery’s next-to-last flight. Only three scheduled mission remain before the space shuttle program ends. Discovery, which will make that final flight, will be launched in September.

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