Photographers look on as space shuttle Discovery (above) is approached by a NASA 747 aircraft being towed into the Mate Demate facility at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 15, 2012. Discovery was later mated with the aircraft and is expected to be flown to its final home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia on April 17.
The space shuttle Discovery, attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft, takes off headed for its final home at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 17.
People stand on the roof of the US Labor Department as US space shuttle Discovery sitting atop NASA’s 747 shuttle carrier aircraft flies by in Washington,DC on April 17, as it arrives from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be displayed at the National Air and Space museum near the US capital.
The NASA space shuttle Discovery is seen from the White House’s North Lawn as it is flown over Washington, DC April 17. The space shuttle was carried by a modified 747 aircraft from Kennedy Space Center to Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia where it will spend its retirement after 39 missions.
The space shuttle Discovery rides atop a Boeing 747 as it flies past Washington, on April 17, in Arlington, Virginia. The retired shuttle was traveling to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, where is will go on display. This photograph was taken at the Top of the Town in Arlington, Virginia.
The Discovery space shuttle, mated with a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, flies over the Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 17 April 17. NASA and Smithsonian officials will officially transfer Discovery to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during a ceremony 19 April 2012. Discovery is the longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet.