it certainly seems logical that it could, for certain
reasons the shuttle actually has a limited range
of orbits--called "inclinations"--that it can achieve.
An orbit inclination is the angle of the spacecraft's
path as it crosses the equator. Kennedy Space Center
sits at 28.5 degrees latitude north of the equator.
Since it would take much more fuel for the shuttle
to head south, 28.5 degrees is the minimum
inclination the shuttle can fly. If you were to
look at the path the shuttle flies across the Earth
on a Mission Control Map, the shuttle would fly
from 28.5 degrees north of the equator to 28.5 degrees
south of the equator. These types of orbits are
called "low inclination" orbits and do not cover
much of the Earth's land masses.
NASA does not want the shuttle to be launched over
land, the shuttle cannot be launched directly over
North America, so the farthest north the shuttle
can fly is 62 degrees north of the equator to 62
degrees south of the equator. These types of orbits
are called "high-inclination" orbits, and are often
used to launch commercial or military satellites,
and for Earth Observation photography. Because they
can see much more of the land masses of the Earth,
many astronauts prefer these types of orbits.