Discovery begins flight to Florida

September 20, 2009 8:02:10 AM PDT
The space shuttle Discovery is on a cross-country flight to Florida after landing from space earlier this month in Southern California. The Discovery departed from Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday. It is being ferried atop a modified 747 aircraft, known as a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

NASA says the shuttle should reach Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday. Shuttle managers plan to make at least one fueling stop -- scheduled to happen at Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, Texas, Sunday afternoon -- as well as an overnight stop at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La.

The Discovery landed at Edwards on Sept. 11 after completing a two-week, 5.7-million mile mission to the international space station.

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