Space Shuttle Endeavour Returns To California

The Space shuttle Endeavour returned Thursday to California on a wistful journey over the country that paid homage to NASA workers and Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, an astronaut.

A 747 jet carrying the space shuttle will take off again on Friday morning to make an appearance over Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles skies stopping at the Los Angeles International Airport where Endeavour will be prepped for a slow ride on a special flatbed trailer through city streets next month and ending as a museum showpiece.

Endeavour’s has been delayed twice during the past days due to stormy weather along the Gulf of Mexico and on Wednesday it departed from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where crowds were looking for the space shuttle to appear in the sky.

Space shuttle Endeavour flew 25 times, where its mission was mostly to supply the International Space Station and spent 299 days in space and circled Earth nearly 4,700 times, logging 123 million miles.

Picture Gene Blevins  /  Reuters

Noe I. for Windows of the World

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Stolen Salvador Dali Drawing Mysteriously Returned By Mail

A stolen drawing by surrealist artist Salvador Dali was mailed back to New York City without explanation just in time for the final day the gallery show it was stolen from 10 days earlier in Manhattan.

The Venus Over Manhattan gallery had received an email with an express mail tracking number indicating the 11 x 14 drawing, named “Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio,” had been mailed from Greece back to New York, said owner Adam Lindemann.

The $150,000 drawing was intercepted at New York’s JFK airport on Friday before it could go through customs after police tipped off the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

“This idea someone would steal something and send it back its nonsensical. Why would anyone take something and then send it back? We haven’t completed the condition report on the piece that was sent back from Greece but it’s all very weird,” Lindemann said.

Authorities have speculated it was not possible for the person to sell the drawing, so they simply returned it.

The artwork was stolen from the Venus Over Manhattan gallery on New York’s Upper East Side on June 19.