September 19, 2012

Retired shuttle Endeavour lands for Houston stop

Associated Press
 

HOUSTON (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour has landed in Houston for a one-day stop on its trek west to retirement in a California museum.

The shuttle, atop a modified jumbo jet, touched down Wednesday morning on a runway near NASA’s Johnson Space Center at Ellington Field. Hundreds of people cheered wildly during the landing and an earlier fly-by.

It’s being described as a bittersweet moment because Endeavor is not staying at the home of NASA’s Mission Control. Instead, Houston got a full-sized shuttle replica.

Bad weather this week delayed Endeavour’s trip and will cut its time in Houston by a day.

Endeavour departed Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier Wednesday after a two-day weather delay. It will stay in Houston until Thursday morning.

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