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The space shuttle Discovery in Bethesda, MD sky on its final flight

The space shuttle Discovery in Bethesda, MD sky on its final flight. Picture courtesy #spottheshuttle

We captured the space shuttle Discovery as it passed over Bethesda, MD to its permanent location at the Smithsonian’s annex in northern Virginia. Discovery is the fleet veteran with 39 orbital missions. And it is the first of the three retired space shuttles scheduled to go to a museum. And this is sad. I am glad I saw it flying over NIH. But it reminded me the scene from “Lord of the Rings” where elves were leaving Middle Earth. Something good – a big dream – is leaving us now.

This morning the shuttle was photographed piggybacked by Boeing 747 and was about to land at Dulles International Airport.
More about this story on Fox News…

More beautiful pictures from “The Guardian” – it looks old and tired.

The space shuttle Discovery flying over Godard Space Center

The space shuttle Discovery flying over Godard Space Center. Picture courtesy: Laura McDonald

On Monday, April 23, NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with space shuttle Enterprise mounted atop will fly over the New York City. Read more from the NASA site…

Letter: What Discovery’s last flight means for us.