Space shuttle Discovery heads back to Florida
The plane will make several stops for refueling over the course of the 2,500-mile trip -- in Amarillo, Texas, today and at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana overnight before arriving in Florida on Monday.
Discovery and its crew of seven astronauts landed in California on Sept. 11 after a 14-day mission focusing on the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station.
-- Maeve Reston
Photo: The space shuttle Discovery and its modified 747 carrier aircraft take off from Edwards Air Force Base on the first leg of the ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA