Atlantis crew prepares shuttle for landing

HOUSTON (AP) -- The crew of the shuttle Atlantis is preparing the
spaceship for tomorrow's landing after a two-week mission to the
international space station.
They've inspected the shuttle's wing and nose with a
laser-tipped boom to check for any possible micrometeorite damage.
NASA is analyzing the data and will let the astronauts know later
today if they're cleared for landing.
The examination has become standard procedure ever since
Columbia was destroyed on re-entry in 2003.
Commander Stephen Frick tells ABC News that the crew hopes the
weather cooperates so the ship can land in Florida tomorrow, saying
that everyone's families are waiting there.
Atlantis is to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center if the
weather is clear. If it's not, Atlantis will go to a backup landing
site in California.
NASA wants Atlantis to land tomorrow so the military can safely
shoot down a damaged satellite.


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