Space Shuttle Endeavour heads back to Florida
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Space shuttle Endeavour heads back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Space Shuttle Endeavour heads back to Florida
The space shuttle Endeavour takes off from Edwards Air Force Base piggybacked to a modified 747 on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle Endeavour heads back to Florida
The space shuttle Endeavour leaves Edwards Air Force Base and heads back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour’s next flight, to the International Space Station, is scheduled for summer. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle Endeavour
The space shuttle Endeavour is parked in the Mate-Demate Device at NASA‘s Dryden Flight Research Center as it is being prepared for its flight back to the Kennedy Space Center(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle Endeavour
The space shuttle Endeavour, which is being prepared for its return flight to the Kennedy Space Center. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Jeff Swaney examines the thermal protection system on the Endeavour before it is taken back to the Kennedy Space Center. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle Endeavour
The shuttle is lifted in the Mate-Demate Device before being mounted on a modified Boeing 747. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Mike Mangione puts star tracker covers on the nose of the space shuttle Endeavour. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Astronauts
Pilot Eric Boe, mission specialists Donald Pettit and Steve Bowen, Commander Christopher Ferguson, and mission specialists Sandy Magnus, Shane Kimbrough and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper walk out of the operations and checkout building on their way to board the Space Shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Nov. 14. (Eliot J. Schechter / Getty Images)
Moon
The moon is seen rising behind the Space Shuttle Endeavour before its Nov. 14 launch. (NASA)
Launch
Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off at Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 14. (Eliot J. Schechter / Getty Images)
Cargo
The International Space Station’s robotic arm removes the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from Space Shuttle Endeavour’s cargo bay on Nov. 17 as the station and shuttle orbit the Earth together. (NASA)
Spacewalk
Mission specialist Steve Bowen works outside of the International Space Station on Nov. 18, in the first of four planned spacewalks. (NASA)
Crews
The seven Endeavour astronauts and three Expedition 18 crew members share a Thanksgiving meal on the orbiter’s mid-deck. (NASA)
Departure
Space Shuttle Endeavour undocks from the International Space Station on Nov. 28. (NASA)
Viewers
Spectators search the sky as the Space Shuttle Endeavour approaches Edwards Air Force Base in California on Nov. 30, 2008. The shuttle was re-routed to the Antelope Valley landing site because of bad weather Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Landing
Space Shuttle Endeavour approaches runway 04-left at Edwards Air Force Base. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
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