Space Shuttle Discovery, riding atop a jumbo jet, as it passed over Chevy Chase, Md., this morning.
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April 17, 2012 Carried atop a jumbo jet, it flew to its retirement home at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Discovery is sitting atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, which will fly the shuttle from Florida to Virginia.
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April 16, 2012 For those who will be in the Washington, D.C., area Tuesday morning and would like to see space shuttle Discovery on the "fly-in" to its retirement home, the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum has some recommended viewing spots.
March 9, 2011 Space shuttle Discovery has returned to Earth for the last time, ending the career of the world's most-traveled spaceship. The shuttle landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:57 a.m. ET
The space shuttle Discovery(C) departs the International Space Station on March 7, 2011.
March 9, 2011 Space shuttle Discovery prepares to land
Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery, seen here lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, are preparing to dock with the International Space Station Saturday.
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February 25, 2011 The six astronauts orbiting Earth on space shuttle Discovery are keeping busy during their mission's first full day in space. Friday, the astronauts spent around six hours conducting a heat shield inspection.
Friday's instrumented test of Discovery's orange external fuel tank took place on the launch pad.
December 17, 2010 NASA filled the space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank with more than 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen Friday to try and understand cracking found in the tank's support ribs.
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