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Space Shuttle Endeavour readies for its cross-country trip

12:57 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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Cape Canaveral, Florida (FL Today) -- Kennedy Space Center crews on Friday morning rolled Endeavour from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the shuttle runway, where it will be lifted and set atop a 747 carrier aircraft today.

The move, which began around 5 a.m., was the last step before Endeavour's planned takeoff Monday morning atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to start the shuttle program's final ferry flight.

A planned four-day, cross-country journey will take Endeavour to Los Angeles International Airport. In mid-October, the retired orbiter will roll about 12 more miles through downtown L.A. to its permanent display home at the California Science Center.

The flight will include stops in Texas and California and flyovers of NASA facilities that have supported the shuttle program.

After takeoff around 7 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, the piggybacked aircraft and spaceship are expected to fly over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, down the Brevard County coast to Patrick Air Force Base, over the Pineda Causeway and back up the Indian River Lagoon, then angle over the KSC Visitor Complex and Shuttle Landing Facility for a final farewell to the Space Coast.

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