In this handout provided by NASA, NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, with the space shuttle Endeavour mated on top takes off from the Shuttle Landing Facility runway at NASA Kennedy Space Center. (Photo by Scott Andrews/NASA via Getty Images)
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Retired shuttle Endeavour lands for Houston stop

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HOUSTON (AP) -- Space shuttle Endeavour has landed in Houston for a one-day stop on its trek west to retirement in a California museum.

The shuttle, atop a modified jumbo jet, touched down Wednesday morning on a runway near NASA's Johnson Space Center at Ellington Field. Hundreds of people cheered wildly during the landing and an earlier fly-by.

It's being described as a bittersweet moment because Endeavor is not staying at the home of NASA's Mission Control. Instead, Houston got a full-sized shuttle replica.

Bad weather this week delayed Endeavour's trip and will cut its time in Houston by a day.

Endeavour departed Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier Wednesday after a two-day weather delay. It will stay in Houston until Thursday morning.

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