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Rain, wind keep space shuttle flying extra day

NASA needs to pick a coast today for a landing of the space shuttle Discovery.

In this image from NASA TV the shuttle Discovery is seen from the International Space Station against the azure sky of earth after undocking from the space station Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/NASA TV)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA needs to pick a coast today for a landing of the space shuttle Discovery.

The preferred landing spot is in Florida. But storm clouds may keep the shuttle away, forcing the astronauts to touch down in California.

Florida landings are preferred because the cross-country ferry trip eats up $1.7 million and more than a week.

Rain and wind prevented Discovery from returning to its home port in Florida yesterday. Mission Control ordered the seven astronauts to stay in orbit an extra day.

Shuttle commander Rick Sturckow says he's game for either coast.


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