Weather delayed the flight for two days, but the mated aircraft finally departed near sunrise, swooping over Kennedy’s Rocket Garden, the beaches and Disney World in a final farewell. Endeavor landed a few hours later in Houston. It will arrive in Los Angeles on Friday, then in mid-October will be towed to the California Science Center, its new home.
With Endeavor’s departure, the only shuttle remaining at Kennedy Space Center is Atlantis, which will go on display there next summer in an exhibition space now under construction.
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