Space shuttle Endeavour heads west to California for new mission

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.

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.

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