POSTED: Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 8:04pm
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — NASA says bad weather has forced it to put off the piggyback flight of the space shuttle Endeavour to California, where the now-retired spacecraft will be put on display.
The space agency announced Sunday that it has pushed back the start of the multi-day flight until Tuesday, a day later than planned. Storms forecast over the Southeast prompted the delay, NASA said in a statement announcing the postponement.
NASA still hopes to deliver Endeavour, the baby of the shuttle fleet, to Los Angeles by Thursday, the agency said. The spacecraft and its 747 carrier is slated to make several stops and low-level flyovers along the route, with overnight stops in Houston -- home to the mission control center for the U.S. manned space program -- and at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California.
The orbiter is scheduled to be on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles by late October.