Weather woes again delay US space shuttle transfer

Sep 19, 2012
This file photo shows Space Shuttle Atlantis (L) and Endeavour facing each other in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August. Endeavour will be moved to the California Science Center as a permanent exhibit and Space shuttle Atlantis will be kept at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Bad weather has for a second time forced authorities to delay the transfer of the space shuttle Endeavour from Florida to California, with the move now set for later this week, NASA said Tuesday.

Endeavour, which completed its final mission last year, is now scheduled to arrive on Friday in Los Angeles, riding piggyback on a specially fitted .

The shuttle, which flew more than 185 million kilometers (115 million miles) in its two-decade career, is set to leave the in Florida at sunrise on Wednesday.

The 747 transporting the shuttle will make several flyovers in the area before heading west. It will also fly over the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and a factory in Louisiana where some of its parts were made.

It will then spend the night at the Johnson Space Center in Houston before heading out to California early Thursday. The jet and the shuttle will conduct flyovers on Friday in California before landing in Los Angeles.

After spending a few weeks at a United Airlines hangar there, the shuttle will be transferred to the California Space Center where it will go on display on October 30.

After the space agency brought an end to the 30-year last year, major US cities battled for the right to house one of the craft.

Enterprise, the prototype that never flew into space, is now on permanent display on the runway of the aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York.

The Kennedy Space Center will keep Atlantis, and Discovery is on display at a museum outside Washington.

Two other shuttles were destroyed in flight. Challenger disintegrated shortly after liftoff in 1986 and Columbia broke apart on re-entry to Earth in 2003. Both disasters killed everyone on board.

Endeavour's trip to Los Angeles is a homecoming of sorts. It was built in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, as a replacement for Challenger.

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