UPDATE: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Space shuttle Endeavour has departed Houston on its trek west to retirement in a Los Angeles museum.
Endeavour, atop a modified jumbo jet, left Thursday morning after a one-day stop at the home of NASA's Mission Control.
The retired shuttle took off Wednesday from its old home in Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It continues its journey to Los Angeles International Airport, where it's scheduled to land Friday. In mid-October, Endeavour will be transported down city streets to the California Science Center.
This is the last flight for a space shuttle.
The plane transporting the Endeavor will do a flyover of Tucson, Ariz., along the way to honor former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Houston's bid for one of the retired shuttles was rejected, and it has instead received a replica.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Space shuttle Endeavour has lifted off on its final journey.
NASA's youngest shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center at sunrise Wednesday on the first leg of its flight to California. It's bolted to the top of a jumbo jet.
Hundreds gathered at the runway to bid Endeavour farewell, following two days of rain delays.
Endeavour will make it as far as Houston on Wednesday, after flying low over NASA facilities along the way.
The shuttle will arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. In mid-October, it will be transported down city streets to the California Science Center.
This is NASA's last ferry flight of a shuttle. Atlantis will remain at Kennedy for display. Discovery is already at the Smithsonian Institution.
Endeavour flew 25 times in space before retiring last year.