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California Briefing / Edwards Air Force Base

Shuttle gets a piggyback ride home to Florida

September 21, 2009|Maeve Reston

The space shuttle Discovery left California's Edwards Air Force Base on Sunday morning on its cross-country journey back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The shuttle is being ferried back to Florida on a modified Boeing 747 known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

The plane was to make several stops for refueling over the course of the 2,500-mile trip -- in Amarillo, Texas, on Sunday and at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La., overnight before arriving in Florida today.

Discovery and its crew of seven astronauts landed in California on Sept. 11 after a 14-day mission focusing on the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station.

-- Maeve Reston

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