December 2, 2008

Endeavour Set For Return To Florida

After landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Nov. 30, space shuttle Endeavour is about to make its cross-country journey back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Mounted on a modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, Endeavour is expected to begin its journey to Florida as early as Sunday. The exact date and time of departure have yet to be determined because of changing weather conditions and the fluid nature of preparing Endeavour for this ferry flight.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of Endeavour's departure and arrival.

Strict flight weather restrictions may cause unexpected changes to the flight path and arrival time of the shuttle in Florida.

During their 16-day journey of more than 6.6 million miles, the STS-126 crew conducted important repair work and prepared the International Space Station to house six crew members on long-duration missions beginning next year.


Image Caption: Space shuttle Endeavour touches down at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Nov. 30, 2008 to conclude International Space Station assembly and supply mission STS-126. NASA opted to divert Endeavour to the California landing site when stormy weather prevented a landing attempt at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA/Tom Tschida


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