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Space Shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery launches on its new mission to educate and inspire!

April 19, 2012. Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Space Shuttle 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. Photo Credit: (NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo)

April 17, 2012: Space Shuttle Discovery atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) flew over the crowd at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center as it came in to land at Washington Dulles International Airport. Did you #spottheshuttle? #OV103

Space Shuttle Discovery atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft comes in for landing with its new home, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in the background. April 17, 2012 #OV103 #SpotTheShuttle

Space shuttle Discovery is the centerpiece of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

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April 17, 2012. A young spectator holds up a model of the space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), as the actual shuttle flies by him at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Discovery's arrival marks the beginning of its new mission to educate and inspire future generations of space explorers. Photo credit: Carolyn Russo, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

April 20, 2012. Space Shuttle Discovery on display in her new home inside the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Photo credit: Dane Penland, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

April 19, 2012. Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose during the Welcome Discovery ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Photo credit: (NASA/Carla Cioffi - 201204190028HQ)

April 19, 2012. Space shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery nose to nose a Welcome Discovery ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers - 201204190031HQ)

April 19, 2012. Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Space shuttle 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 will now begin its new mission to educate and inspire. Photo Credit: (NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo)

April 19, 2012. Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives at the Udvar-Hazy Center via tow from adjacent Dulles Airport. She is escorted by 15 Commanders of Discovery missions and shuttle processing crews from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: (NASA/Carla Cioffi - 201204190013HQ)

April 19, 2012. Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) rolls back out of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center prior to transfer ceremony. Discovery (OV-103) will take Enterprise's place on permanent display in the Space Hangar. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers - 201204190010HQ)

April 19, 2012. Space Shuttle Discovery Is Demated From SCA. The Space Shuttle Discovery is suspended from a sling held by two cranes shortly after the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) was pushed back from underneath at Washington Dulles International Airport. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls - 201204190003HQ)

April 16, 2012. Space Shuttle Discovery Mated To Modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (NASA 905), ready for ferrying to Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC on April 17. Discovery will be transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA on April 19. Photo credit: NASA/Tim Jacobs, KSC-2012-2292

April 15, 2012 - Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) NASA-905 is positioned beneath Space Shuttle Discovery in the mate-demate device at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The orbiter was mated to the modified 747 for its flight to Washington, DC on April 17, 2012. NASA Photo: KSC-2012-2218

Feb 26, 2011. Space Shuttle Discovery approaches the International Space Station during STS-133 rendezvous and docking operations. A Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the space station is also featured in the image. NASA Image ISS026-E-030179 (full caption: ow.ly/9S3Rq)

March 9, 2011. Space Shuttle Discovery lands at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing its 39th and final flight. Discovery returned from the more than 12-day STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

September 29, 1988. Space Shuttle Discovery launches on STS-26 mission carrying the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-C) as its primary payload. A high-fidelity TDRS model is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center, directly above where Discovery will be displayed. NASA photo KSC-88PC-1033.

Commemorative Poster to welcome Space Shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in April, 2012.

Welcome Space Shuttle Discovery!

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November 3, 2010. The space shuttle Discovery sits ready for launch on its final flight, STS-133, at Kennedy Space Center. LightSpeed Media Photo.

Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-114) on approach to International Space Station performs backflip to allow photography of its heat shield. Station Commander Sergei Krikalev and Phillips took photos for about a minute and a half as Discovery Commander Eileen Collins guided the spacecraft through the flip. NASA Image ISS011e11074.

Discovery launched on its final flight to the International Space Station on the STS-133 mission February 24, 2011. (NASA/Kenny Allen and Mike Gayle)

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Space Shuttle Discovery launches August 31, 2009 on STS-128 mission, the 30th International Space Station assembly flight and the 128th space shuttle flight. NASA Image 135751.

Space Shuttle Discovery approaches the International Space Station during STS-120 rendezvous and docking operations. NASA Image.

With its drag chute unfurled, Space Shuttle Discovery STS-133 rolls down Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 9, 2011. This was Discovery's 39th and final mission. NASA Image.

Space Shuttle Discovery hitched a ride on NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for the flight from the Dryden Flight Research Center in California, to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 19, 2005. NASA Image.