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NASA jumbo jet lands in Florida for final space shuttle ferry flight
[i]A NASA jumbo jet used to ferry space shuttles around the country has arrived in Florida, where for the last time it'll be paired with one of the winged spacecraft for a transcontinental trip.
On Tuesday (Sept. 11), the modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) landed at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral after flying in from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California. The jetliner will be used to carry space shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles for its display at the California Science Center (CSC).
The SCA touched down at 5:05 p.m. EDT (2105 GMT) at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility, on the same runway where Endeavour returned from space after its 25th and final spaceflight on June 1, 2011. Next Monday (Sept. 17), the orbiter, mounted atop the SCA, will take off from the 15,000 foot (4,572 meter) concrete strip on a three-day trip to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).[/i]
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