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Space shuttle Endeavour's departure from Kennedy Space Center to LA delayed again

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen on launch pad 39a after the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The weather today has held up the space shuttle Endeavour’s flight to Los Angeles for a second time.

The shuttle will fly bolted atop a 747.  It was supposed to fly out this morning, but now it’ll depart from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.

The space agency had aimed for a departure on Tuesday. But NASA spokesman Michael Curie says flight conditions will still be too dangerous then.

 “We’re looking at a stretch of weather that’s in the Gulf of Mexico surrounding a low pressure front that just makes it very difficult to fly shuttle carrier aircraft with Shuttle Endeavour on top through it safely, which is the top priority.”

If all goes well Wednesday, Curie says, shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles Friday.

Curie adds that the delay will not affect plans to transport the shuttle from LA International Airport to the California Science Center next month, where it’ll be permanently housed.



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