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Storm system postpones Atlantis’ return to Earth

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SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — A storm system with rain and thick clouds moved in on space shuttle Atlantis' preferred landing site in Florida early Tuesday, forcing NASA to postpone its return to Earth.

Flight controllers said they would try again Tuesday night to bring the five astronauts back home from their mission to install a new portal for spacewalkers at the international space station.

The shuttle, which lifted off July 12, has enough fuel to remain in orbit until early Friday.