ROCKETS IN FLIGHT

Atlantis Touches Down in California

And you thought flying commercial was bad: The space shuttle Atlantis was thwarted from landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida by rainy weather for the past two days but has made a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base. Since the weather continued to be awful on Sunday, Atlantis was diverted to California after its dangerous, yet highly successful 13-day journey fixing the Hubble Telescope. It will cost about $2 million to ferry the shuttle back to Florida after a California landing, but Atlantis could only have stayed in space safely until Monday, and NASA didn’t want to take any risks. Obama recently tapped former astronaut Charles Bolden to lead NASA, and many are calling for a renewed focus on the space program.