Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Flight

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies by Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space shuttle Discovery mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies by the Washington Monument during a flyover of the nation's capital on its final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery, aboard a sp
The Space Shuttle Discovery, aboard a specially modified NASA Boeing 747, flies over the Washington, DC, April 17, 2012, as seen from Arlington, Virginia. NASA is transferring the Shuttle, which completed 39 missions and spent 365 days in space, to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Virginia. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
US space shuttle Discovery sitting atop
US space shuttle Discovery sitting atop NASA's 747 shuttle carrier aircraft flies by the Old Post Office building in Washington on April 17, 2012 as it arrives from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be displayed at the National Air and Space museum near the US capital. (Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US space shuttle Discovery sitting atop
US space shuttle Discovery sitting atop NASA's 747 shuttle carrier aircraft flies past the US Capitol in Washington,DC on April 17, 2012 as it arrives from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be displayed at the National Air and Space museum near the US capital. (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
The space shuttle Discovery rides atop a Boeing 747 as it flies past Washington, on April 17, 2012 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. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
A man on a a roof top watches as the space shuttle Discovery rides atop a Boeing 747 as it flies past Washington, on April 17, 2012 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. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
The space shuttle Discovery is teathered to the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet as it passes over the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. Hundreds of people arrived early in the morning to watch the arrival of the shuttle from the parking lot of the center. The oldest and most traveled vehicle in NASA's space shuttle program, Discovery will be placed on permanent display at the museum. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies over the U.S. Capitol during a flyover of the nation's capital on its final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
People on a roof top watch as the space shuttle Discovery rides atop a Boeing 747 as it flies past Washington, on April 17, 2012 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. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery, aboard a sp
The Space Shuttle Discovery, aboard a specially modified NASA Boeing 747, flies over the Washington, DC, April 17, 2012, as seen from Arlington, Virginia. NASA is transferring the Shuttle, which completed 39 missions and spent 365 days in space, to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Virginia. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft lands at Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC, area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, prepares to land at Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery sits on the
The Space Shuttle Discovery sits on the back of a NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft(SCA) as the CSA crew deboards after landing at Washington, Dulles International Airport (IAD) April 17, 2012. The shuttle is on it's way to it's new permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Space Shuttle Discovery sits atop NA
The Space Shuttle Discovery sits atop NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft(SCA), seen here after landing at Washington, Dulles (IAD) airport April 17, 2012. The shuttle is on it's way to it's new permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, sits on the tarmac after it landed at Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC, area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, sits on the tarmac after it landed at Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC, area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, sits on the tarmac after it landed at Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC, area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, lands at Washington Dulles International Airport during the final trip to its retirement place April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet was flown from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Washington, DC area to be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and will be placed on display in the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives In DC Area, To Be Permanently Housed At Smithsonian
Four-year-old Alex Mendez of Sterling, VA, wears a space shuttle costume while he waits with thousands of others for the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 17, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. Hundreds of people arrived early in the morning to watch the arrival of the shuttle from the parking lot of the center. The oldest and most traveled vehicle in NASA's space shuttle program, Discovery will be placed on permanent display at the museum. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
View Comments

Latest Galleries

Met Gala 2015
Photo Gallery: Celebrities Ringside at Mayweather Pacquiao
David Letterman's Greatest Sports Guests
Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Welcome A Baby Girl
2015 Celebrity Deaths
2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards
David Letterman's Greatest Musical Guests
Mother's Day Gift Ideas From Children
blog comments powered by Disqus