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Forum staff reports, Published April 21 2010

No sonic boom in Fargo as shuttle alters route

Lingering fog and some unexpected small rain showers forced flight controllers to pass on space shuttle Discovery’s first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday morning, which would have brought the shuttle directly over Fargo, according to NASA’s Web site.

The shuttle was expected to pass over Fargo with sonic booms at 30 seconds after 6:14 a.m., according to its planned approach, said David Weinrich, coordinator of the Minnesota State University Moorhead planetarium.

Instead, NASA chose to take Discovery over northeast Washington, near Helena, Mont., and over central Wyoming.