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Shuttle Service to DC

Posted on Thu, April 19, 2012
  • by: Ivey Doyal, former web content manager for the National Air and Space Museum.
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Much to the delight of large crowds below, Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), made several passes over the Washington, DC area yesterday. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers. The ceremony will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 19th at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Here is a selection of photographs from yesterday’s fly-over:

Space Shuttle Discovery Leaves Kennedy Space Center

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft takes off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying Space Shuttle Discovery.

Space Shuttle Discovery passes by the Donald Engen Observation Tower

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), makes a low pass over crowds at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Space Shuttle Discovery over Washington, DC

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) flies near the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington, DC.

Space Shuttle Discovery flies low over crowd

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), made several passes over the Washington, DC area on April 17, 2012 before landing safely at Washington-Dulles International Airport.

Space Shuttle Discovery Landing at Dulles

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) approaches the runway at Washington Dulles International Airport, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Sterling, Va.

Spectators from across the Washington, DC area, NASA employees and Museum staff have contributed thousands of images to the Museum's Space Shuttle Discovery Flickr group. If you took pictures of Discovery yesterday, please share them with us!