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Weather delays space shuttle transfer

2012-09-17 08:25

Washington - Bad weather is delaying the transfer of the shuttle Endeavour from Florida to California where it will be put on show, the US space agency said.

Endeavour, which completed its final mission in 2011, was scheduled to leave the Kennedy Space Centre on the back of a modified Boeing 747 on Monday but inclement conditions along the flight path pushed the departure to Tuesday, Nasa said in a statement.

When it does make the trip, the shuttle - which flew more than 185 million kilometres in its two-decade career - will make several stops and flyovers before arriving at Los Angeles' LAX airport on Thursday.

After spending a few weeks at a United Airlines hangar there, the shuttle will be transferred to the California Space Centre where it will go on display on 30 October.

After the space agency Nasa brought an end to the 30-year shuttle programme last year, major US cities battled for the right to house one of the spacecraft.

Endeavour's trip to Los Angeles is a homecoming of sorts. It was built in Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, as a replacement for the space shuttle Challenger.