CAPE CANAVERAL — Space shuttle Atlantis and its astronauts will remain in orbit a little longer because of storm clouds over Florida.
On Sunday morning, Mission Control directed the crew to take an extra swing around the world before coming down, quite possibly to California.
It was the third day in a row that thunderstorms thwarted NASA's plans to bring the astronauts home and end their exalted Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.
Unless there's a lucky break in the weather soon at Kennedy Space Center, the astronauts will aim for a touchdown across the country at Edwards Air Force Base. That's the backup landing site. NASA prefers landing space shuttles in Florida because of the time and money it takes to ferry them from California.