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Sep 11, 2009 2:10 PM by Associated Press

Rain, wind keep space shuttle flying extra day

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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