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NASA Shuttle <i>Discovery</i> to Arrive in Florida Sunday


The U.S. space agency expects the shuttle Discovery to reach its home in Cape Canaveral, Florida Sunday, after potentially bad weather delayed its trip.

NASA officials decided Saturday to keep the shuttle at an Air Force base in Louisiana over night.

The shuttle, fastened to the top of a jumbo jet, began its return trip Friday in California, where it landed August 9 after a 14-day mission in space. It was the first shuttle mission since the loss of the shuttle Columbia in 2003.

NASA estimates the cost of Discovery's trip from California to Florida to be about one million dollars.

The future of the shuttle program is uncertain until engineers can solve the ongoing problem of foam chipping off the external fuel tanks during launch.

The future of the shuttle program is uncertain until engineers can solve the ongoing problem of foam chipping off the external fuel tanks during launch.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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