Discovery'S Arrival

Follow Space Shuttle Discovery's journey to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chanitlly, VA.

APRIL 17:

To the thrill of large crowds below, Discovery made several passes over the Washington, DC area between 10:00 and 11:00 am on April 17 before landing safely at Washington-Dulles International Airport.

April 19:

Space Shuttle Discovery was transferred to the Smithsonian and placed on permanent display. The large crowd at the Welcome Discovery Ceremony enjoyed music by the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps; appearances by Discovery commanders and crew members; nose-to-nose meeting of Space Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise; the national anthem sung by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves; and distinguised speakers including former Mercury and Discovery astronaut Senator John Glenn.

Shortly thereafter, Discovery was moved into the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar for permanent display.

Visitors, the Museum, and NASA shared thousands of images and lots of video from Discovery's fly over the DC area on April 17 and arrival at the Museum on April 19. View them here and share your own images and video!

Video of Space Shuttle Discovery

Discovery Images

April 17, 2012 | April 18, 2012 | April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190018HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190018HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190031HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190031HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190030HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190030HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190029HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190029HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190028HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190028HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190027HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190027HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190025HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190025HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190026HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190026HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190022HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190022HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190024HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190024HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190021HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190021HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190023HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190023HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190017HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190017HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190016HQ)

    Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190016HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190014HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190014HQ)
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  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190015HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190015HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190013HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Arrives at Udvar-Hazy (201204190013HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shuttle Discovery Is Demated From SCA (201204190012HQ)

    Shuttle Discovery Is Demated From SCA (201204190012HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shutte Enterprise Udvar-Hazy Roll-Back (201204190009HQ)

    Shutte Enterprise Udvar-Hazy Roll-Back (201204190009HQ)
    April 19, 2012

  • Shutte Enterprise Udvar-Hazy Roll-Back (201204190008HQ)

    Shutte Enterprise Udvar-Hazy Roll-Back (201204190008HQ)
    April 19, 2012


See images from April 19, 2012 on Flickr »

The Welcome Discovery festival was presented in cooperation with NASA. Support for the Welcome Discovery ceremony was generously provided by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation.