Space Shuttle Atlantis returning home

Staff Report
The Associated Press

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A jumbo jet carrying the space shuttle Atlantis is on its way to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The modified Boeing 747 left the California desert this morning with the shuttle mounted on its back.

It stopped to refuel at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport around noon.

With several refueling stops, the jet is not expected to arrive at Cape Canaveral until at Monday. 

Atlantis landed in California June 22nd due to poor weather conditions in Florida. NASA generally prefers to land shuttles in Florida to avoid the cost of the cross-country trip back.