Endeavour Rides Piggyback

Endeavour Rides Piggyback
12.15.08
 
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After space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth following its STS-126 mission, it still had one more leg to complete its journey home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavour and a crew of seven astronauts landed Nov. 30 at Edwards Air Force Base in California due to stormy weather at the shuttle's home landing site.

So, the orbiter rode back to Florida on top of a modified 747 jet known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

The flight took off from Edwards on Dec. 10.

After a refueling stop at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas, the duo overnighted at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas.

The next day, severe weather in Florida prevented completing the ferry flight, so the pair spent the night at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana.

But the skies at Kennedy cleared Dec. 12, and with Endeavour riding on its back, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft glided to a smooth touchdown on the Shuttle Landing Facility.

From the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, I'm George Diller.

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