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US space shuttle on final flight to museum home

Published on Sep 19, 2012 7:33 PM
The US Space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop Nasa's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, at the Shuttle Landing Facility in the early morning hours at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) space shuttle Endeavour departed on Wednesday morning on its final voyage, heading cross-country from Florida to California, riding piggyback on a specially fitted Boeing 747.

The shuttle took off several minutes behind the scheduled 7.15am (7.15pm Singapore time) departure. The transfer had previously been postponed twice because of bad weather.

Endeavour, which flew more than 185 million kilometres in its two-decade career, completed its final mission last year.

The 747 transporting the shuttle was to make several flyovers in the area before heading west. It was also scheduled to fly over the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and a factory in Louisiana where some of its parts were made.

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