No sonic boom Monday, NASA delays shuttle landing

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The space shuttle Discovery was expected to fly over Columbus Monday morning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. but NASA officials say rain and overcast in Florida will delay the shuttle's return.

So the space shuttle Discovery will stay in orbit an extra day.

Mission Control will attempt to bring Discovery and its seven astronauts home shortly after sunrise Tuesday.

If cloudy conditions linger Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA will try for the backup landing site in California.

If the shuttle lands in Florida Tuesday, expect to hear a sonic boom that hits the ground about a minute and a half after the shuttle passes over Columbus, GA.

The shuttle is returning from a successful two-week trip to the International Space Station.

This will not be the first time Discovery has passed over Columbus. 

It happened three years ago in 2007. News Leader Morning Anchor, Chuck Leonard remembers hearing the sonic boom in his backyard.  "I thought to myself, what was that; moments later, "I said, oh, that was the shuttle passing through."

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