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Space shuttle Endeavor leaves Cape Canaveral for last time


Space shuttle Endeavor left the Kennedy Space Center and Florida for the last time on Wednesday, flying on the back of a modified 747 en route to Los Angeles, where it will become a museum display.

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.

For the Associated Press report and photo show of Wednesday’s flight, click here. For NASA’s report and photos, click here. For a video of Endeavor flying over Disney World, click here.

Photo credit: John Raoux/Associated Press