In this handout provided by NASA, Workers pose for a photograph on the wing of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, with the space shuttle Endeavour mated on top, at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Shuttle Landing Facility on September 18, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The SCA, a modified 747 jetliner, will fly Endeavour to Los Angeles where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. This is the final ferry flight scheduled in the Space Shuttle Program era. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Space Shuttle Endeavour Heads West To New Mission

The Space Shuttle Endeavour began its final journey on Wednesday. It’s heading west to its new life as a museum piece in California. On the last ferry flight of its kind, bolted to the top of a jumbo jet, NASA’s youngest shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center at sunrise on the first leg of its flight to California.


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NASA Postpones Final Ferry Flight Of Endeavour

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is expected to leave Florida Tuesday, a day later than expected, on its final journey to Los Angeles for permanent display.


Guests photograph the Space Shuttle Discovery following a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, April 19, 2012, as the Shuttle Discovery is officially received by the museum and will be placed on permanent display. Discovery is the first spaceship of the retired US shuttle fleet to enter its permanent home as a museum artifact, replacing the prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise, which will be moved to a museum in New York.  (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives At New Home

Space Shuttle Discovery is settling into its new home just outside Washington, DC. Discovery was lifted off its Boeing 747 carrier Thursday and towed to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum annex in northern Virginia.


Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, lands at Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Mission

It was a different kind of flight for Space Shuttle Discovery Tuesday as it hitched a ride from the Kennedy Space Center to Washington, D.C. mounted atop a 747.


Space shuttles Endeavour and Discovery meet in a "nose-to-nose" photo opportunity as the vehicles switch locations Aug. 11 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Now in Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1), Discovery will go through more preparations for public display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia next spring. Endeavour will be stored in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) until October, when it will be moved into OPF-2 to continue being readied for display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles next summer. (Photo Credit:  NASA/Frankie Martin)

Nose-To-Nose On The Road To Retirement

The space shuttle Discovery and shuttle Endeavour are both on the road to retirement and met nose-to-nose Thursday while trading places at the Kennedy Space Center.


Space Shuttle Atlantis touches down in California May 24, 2009 (Source: AP)

NASA Fuels Shuttle Atlantis In Last-Launch Test

NASA fueled space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday, but it was only a test leading up to the last flight of the 30-year program.


Space shuttle Endeavour comes in to land at Kennedy Space Center on June 1, 2011. Endeavour landed safely at Kennedy Space Center, wrapping up its final mission to space before becoming the next to last US shuttle to retire. "It is sad to see her land for the last time, but she really has a great legacy," said shuttle commander Mark Kelly moments after landing the youngest ship in the US fleet, ending its 25th journey to space. (Photo credit: BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)

Final Landing For Shuttle Endeavour

The Space shuttle Endeavour has landed for the final time at Kennedy Space Center. The six astronauts returned to Earth early Wednesday, closing out the next-to-last mission in NASA’s 30-year program with a safe middle-of-the-night landing.


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Endeavour Preps To Return From Final Mission

The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour is wrapping up final preparations for Wednesday’s landing at Kennedy Space Center.


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Shuttle Endeavour Prepares For Return Home

The space shuttle Endeavour has undocked from the International Space Station, ending a stay of 11 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes at the orbiting laboratory.


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Shuttle Astronauts Leave Space Station

For the next-to-last time ever, space shuttle astronauts floated out of the International Space Station and closed the hatch behind them as they prepare to come home this week.




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