Shuttle Endeavour arrives in Houston with Texas flag upside down

| and staff

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 5:22 PM

HOUSTON – The retired Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived in Houston on Wednesday morning after a two-day weather delay, but the shuttle's return to Texas didn't go completely according to plan.

Houstonians were treated to a 90-minute flyover as the shuttle rode on the back of a specially-fitted NASA 747. The 747-Endeavour combo flew approximately 1,500 feet above various areas of Houston, Clear Lake, and Galveston, including the Johnson Space Center. It circled over Ellington Airport about three times before landing around 10:45 a.m.

Once the shuttle was on the ground, the crew held a Texas flag out the window of the 747, but the flag was upside down.

The Houston stop-through was to be a bittersweet moment because the Endeavour is not staying at the home of NASA's Mission Control. Instead, Houston got a full-sized replica shuttle.

The shuttle will be available for public viewing until 9 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday morning, it will take off again for Los Angeles where it will be prepped for permanent display.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.