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Space Shuttle Endeavour Heads West To Final Mission

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Space shuttle Endeavour, secured atop the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, takes to the skies after departure from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Photo credit: NASA) Space shuttle Endeavour, secured atop the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, takes to the skies after departure from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Photo credit: NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour has lifted off on its final journey.

NASA's youngest shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center at sunrise Wednesday on the first leg of its flight to California. It's bolted to the top of a jumbo jet.

Hundreds gathered at the runway to bid Endeavour farewell, following two days of rain delays.

The shuttle landed in Houston for a one-day stop on its trek west. Endeavour touched down on a runway near NASA's Johnson Space Center at Ellington Field.

Hundreds of people cheered wildly during the landing and an earlier fly-by.

It's last voyage is being described as a bittersweet moment because Endeavor is not staying at the home of NASA's Mission Control. Instead, Houston got a full-sized shuttle replica.

Bad weather this week delayed Endeavour's trip and will cut its time in Houston by a day.

The shuttle will arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. In mid-October, it will be transported down city streets to the California Science Center.

This is NASA's last ferry flight of a shuttle. Atlantis will remain at Kennedy for display. Discovery is already at the Smithsonian Institution.

Endeavour flew 25 times in space before retiring last year.

(NewsChannel5 and The Associated Press.)

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