- Associated Press - Friday, September 14, 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. (AP) - In a story Sept. 13 about the space shuttle Endeavour’s trip to California, The Associated Press reported erroneously the type of shuttle equipment made at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It made external fuel tanks, not booster rockets.

A corrected version of the story is below:

NASA’s retired shuttle Endeavour heads west Monday

NASA’s retired space shuttle Endeavour departs Monday for Los Angeles science museum


AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ The baby of NASA’s space shuttle fleet is about to leave home _ for good.

At sunrise Monday, Endeavour will depart Kennedy Space Center for a museum in California, with a two-day stopover in Houston, home to Mission Control and the astronauts who flew aboard the replacement for the lost shuttle Challenger.

Endeavour is the second of NASA’s three retired shuttles to head to a museum. The youngest shuttle will make the four-day trip to Los Angeles atop a modified jumbo jet, bound for the California Science Center. Discovery landed at the Smithsonian Institution’s display hangar in Virginia last spring. Atlantis will remain at Kennedy.

After taking off from the former shuttle landing strip Monday morning, Endeavour and its carrier jet will fly low over Kennedy and the beaches of Cape Canaveral, then head west toward NASA points along the Gulf of Mexico. The pair will swoop over Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the shuttle external fuel tanks were made.

Next stop: Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Endeavour will remain at Ellington until Wednesday morning so space center employees can see the shuttle up close. Houston had bid for a shuttle; the loss still nags many there. NASA chose New York City as the winner for the shuttle prototype Enterprise, which was relinquished by the Smithsonian to make room for Discovery.

NASA’s two other shuttles during the 30-year program, Challenger and Columbia, were destroyed during flight, with 14 astronauts altogether killed.

Endeavour was built to replace Challenger and made its flying debut in 1992, six years after the launch accident. It performed the next-to-last shuttle mission in May and June 2011.

During its 25 missions, Endeavour logged 299 days in space and circled Earth 4,671 times. Total off-the-planet mileage: 122.8 million miles.

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