Hundreds of motorists pulled over to watch a jumbo jet hauling space shuttle Endeavour take off from Fort Worth, bound for Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The modified jet departed late Thursday morning, transporting Endeavour on a piggyback ride that began Wednesday from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Endeavour, after an interim stop at Biggs Army Airfield at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, flew on to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base at Fort Worth to spend the night.
Endeavour is based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The shuttle landed at the California backup site on Nov. 30 after storms hit its main Florida landing site. The cross-country ferry is expected to cost more than $1.8 million.