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Space shuttle Endeavour's departure delayed another day

September 17, 2012 | 12:41 pm

Space shuttle Endeavour's departure from Florida has been delayed another day, NASA announced Monday, and it remains uncertain whether the orbiter will reach Los Angeles on Thursday as originally planned.

Endeavour was supposed to leave NASA's Kennedy Space Center for Houston early Monday, the first leg of its days-long trek across the southern United States that includes 1,500-foot flyovers of several NASA facilities.

But on Sunday, NASA officials said the flight would be delayed a day because of storms between Florida and Houston. Midday Monday, NASA again announced the departure had been pushed back to sometime Wednesday.

PHOTOS: Space shuttle Endeavour

NASA officials are slated to meet again Tuesday morning to review the departure, the agency said in a statement.

NASA spokesman Michael Curie told The Times on Monday morning that the intended low-level flyovers of NASA facilities between Florida and Houston could be in jeopardy because of the weather delays.

"The weather, as we have said from the beginning, determines the flight path and really the success of the flyovers," Curie said. "Once we get to Houston, the weather forecast for the rest of the week is great. ... It's just a matter of getting out of Florida."

A modified 747 aircraft will carry Endeavour to Los Angeles International Airport, where it will be housed until its move to its permanent home at the California Science Center. The shuttle's two-day trek through the city's streets is expected to begin Oct. 12.

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