NASA hopes to move the space shuttle Discovery on Friday, more than a week after it was diverted to Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The cross-country piggyback ride on a modified Boeing 747 is expected to cost the agency at least $1 million.
The return trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been postponed twice this week because of thunderstorms and technical glitches.
Discovery and its seven-member crew touched down on a desert runway at the base on August ninth after a 14-day mission to supply the international space station and test new equipment.
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