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Space Shuttle Endeavour's departure postponed due to foul weather

Space Shuttle Endeavour leaves the Orbiter Processing Facility on its way to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center August 11, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The shuttle's departure to L.A. has been postponed due to weather.
Space Shuttle Endeavour leaves the Orbiter Processing Facility on its way to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center August 11, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The shuttle's departure to L.A. has been postponed due to weather.
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The beginning of space shuttle Endeavour's final flight to California has been postponed because of weather along the flight route.

NASA had planned for the 747 carrying the shuttle to take off from Kennedy Space Center on Monday. The flight is now scheduled to take off at sunrise Tuesday.

Low flyovers are still planned along Cape Canaveral and at NASA facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi. A stop in Houston will be shortened to one day.

Endeavour is still expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Thursday for its eventual installation at the California Science Center. Endeavour is the second of NASA's three retired shuttles to head to a museum. Discovery landed at the Smithsonian Institution's display hangar in Virginia last spring. Atlantis will remain at Kennedy.