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NASA's space shuttle Discovery set to return to Florida

Posted: September 16, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2009 2:56 p.m.
EDWARDS, Calif. -- After landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Sept. 11, space shuttle Discovery is about to start its cross-country journey back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Following the successful STS-128 mission to the International Space Station, Discovery was mounted on a modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft. Discovery is expected to begin its journey from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., to Kennedy as early as Friday, Sept. 18.

The exact date and time of departure have yet to be set because of changing weather conditions and the fluid nature of preparing Discovery for the flight. For recorded updates about the ferry flight, journalists should call (321) 867-2525 or (661) 276-2564.

Live status updates will be added periodically to the NASA News Twitter feed during the flight. To access the feed, visit

NASA Television will provide live coverage of Discovery's departure and arrival.



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