CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – 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.