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Endeavour to make another overnight stop

Florida's Kennedy Space Center.
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) Dec 11, 2008
Space shuttle Endeavour, attached to the fuselage of a Boeing 747, will make another overnight stop Thursday, en route to Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

After a Wednesday night stop at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base at Fort Worth, Texas, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ferry flight team decided on a second stopover before giving the go-ahead for the piggy-backed shuttle to return to the Kennedy spaceport.

The modified 747 aircraft took off from Fort Worth at 12:08 p.m. EST Thursday, heading to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, where it will remain until Friday. NASA said the flight plan was modified because of an advancing cold front moving toward Kennedy, preceded by high winds and storms. That would not allow a smooth flight or provide good landing conditions.

Forecasters said crosswinds at Kennedy were expected to subside by the time the carrier aircraft with Endeavour arrives there after 2 p.m. Friday.

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Endeavour spends night in Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (UPI) Dec 10, 2008
The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour, bolted atop a Boeing 747, made an overnight stop in Texas Wednesday on its journey back to Florida from California.

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