Endeavour’s Departure Reset Until Wednesday
By Ed Pierce // September 17, 2012
Storms In Area Force Delay
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – Stormy weather along the flight path for Space Shuttle Endeavour’s transport to California has postponed the trip until Wednesday morning.
NASA says bad weather in the Gulf of Mexico has delayed Endeavour’s flight aboard a modified 747 to a permanent home at a Los Angeles museum.
Original plans called for a Monday departure at sunrise, but that plan was cancelled late Sunday as storms rolled into the area.
This afternoon NASA made the announcement that flight carrying Endeavour will depart at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Endeavour will take off from Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility and fly over the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cocoa Beach and Patrick Air Force Base then turn back north and fly to Houston.
The shuttle was supposed to fly over the Johnson Space Center along the way, but uncertain weather in the area may scrub that plan.
Without further delays, Endeavour is expected to land at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning.
Endeavour landed for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on June 1, 2011 on its final mission.