Bad weather in Florida this morning forced NASA to postpone space shuttle Discovery's scheduled landing, which would have taken the spacecraft on a course directly over Columbus.
So Discovery will spend today in orbit, its next landing scheduled for 7:34 a.m. EDT Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center on Florida's east coast.
Homeward bound, the shuttle's flight path once more is to cross the United States diagonally from the Northwest to the Southeast, and again may pass over Columbus. NASA says its deorbit burn will begin at 6:28 a.m. EDT.
"Depending on how the ground tracks settle out, this delay could favor re-entry sightings over the continental USA because the times are earlier and the skies darker," reports the NASA news site Spaceweather.com.