Shuttle lands in California after cross-country voyage

Shuttle lands in California after cross-country voyage

Credit: Scott Andrews/NASA via Getty Images

In this handout provided by NASA, NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, with the space shuttle Endeavour mated on top.

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by ALICIA CHANG and PAUL DAVENPORT

Associated Press

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 3:31 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Space shuttle Endeavour has landed in California where it will spend its retirement in a Los Angeles museum.

The baby of the shuttle fleet touched down shortly after noon Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, 100 miles north of Los Angeles. It will spend the night in the Mojave Desert before taking to the skies early Friday on an aerial tour of California and landing at the Los Angeles International Airport.

The shuttle was expected to pass by landmarks including the state Capitol, Griffith Observatory and Disneyland.

Endeavour left Florida Wednesday and made a layover in Houston. En route to California, it flew over Tucson, Ariz., home of ex-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She's married to Mark Kelly, Endeavour's last commander.

Endeavour will be moved via city streets next month to the California Science Center.
 

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