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Clouds force NASA to postpone Atlantis landing

ORLANDO, Fla. - They may look beautiful when seen from space, but back here on Earth, another day of clouds is no welcome sight.

Weather at Kennedy Space Center kept NASA from giving Space Shuttle Atlantis permission to land Saturday.

Though NASA could have landed Atlantis at Edwards Air Force Base in California, they are hoping the clouds over Kennedy Space Center might clear enough to bring Atlantis back to its home base on Sunday, saving about $1.8 million.

Atlantis' landing would cap a mission that by all accounts exceeded expectations and left the Hubble Space Telescope better than new.

In five spacewalks in just five days, astronauts installed new science instruments, replaced batteries and fixed broken parts of Hubble never designed to be worked on in space.

Hubble will soon start sending back new pictures, while Atlantis just tries to get home.

After a successful and risky mission, the trickiest part may now he finding a break in the weather.

NASA has two attempts to land at Kennedy Space Center Sunday, two more chances at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and they are also opening White Sands, New Mexico, as an option, though the shuttle has only landed there once.
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