Photos: Space Shuttle Discovery's Final Voyage (to Museum)

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Carrying Discovery Flies Over Udvar-Hazy Center

Clara Moskowitz/'s Clara Moskowitz covered the landing of Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Center, northern Virginia, April 17, 2012. She writes: "The shuttle made three flyover passes over our heads to oohs and ahhs."

Discovery and Shuttle Carrier Aircraft over the Lincoln Memorial

John Relph

John Relph sent this photo of Discovery and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft taken on April 17. 2012. He writes: "I met a friend ... on the Arlington Memorial Bridge.... It was a pretty good spot, especially since the first pass of the flight came down the Potomac. I think I felt a little let down by the experience. Let down because it was a little bit sad to see the end of an era. The shuttles will never fly again, except on the back of the SCA. But I was glad to finally see the Discovery in person."

SCA Ferries Discovery Above the Cannon House Office Building

Mary Kuehn

Mary Kuehn sent a photo of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ferrying Discovery over the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., April 17, 2012.

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Discovery over Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant

Chris Morin

Chris Morin sent this photo of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Discovery shot on April 17, 2012. He writes: "Taken at DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Waste Water Treatment in Plant located [in] Washington, D.C."

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Carrying Discovery near Capitol Dome

Meghan Jones

Meghan Jones sent in this photo of the SCA and shuttle Discovery taken on April 17, 2012. She writes: "It was amazing and definitely made the hair on the back of my neck stand up!! It was also really cool to see throngs of people on the mall there to see the flyover and show their support."

SCA and Discovery over Tyson's Corner, VA

Steven Jin

Steven Jin sent in this photo and writes: "The Discovery flew over by our building in Tysons Corner, VA." Photo taken April 17, 2012.

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Discovery Flying

Janae Freeman

Janae Freeman sends this photo of the SCA ferrying Discovery against a cloudy sky, taken on April 27, 2012.

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Discovery Seen Distantly from Andrews Air Force Base

Julie L. Zelek

Julie L. Zelek, Civ, DAF, sent in a photo taken April 17, 2012, and writes: "Small ... but I got it. Andrews AFB, MD."

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Carrying Discovery in Flight


The SCA carrying shuttle Discovery flew to Washington Dulles Airport, April 17, 2012.

Space Shuttle Discovery Flies Past the Capitol Dome

NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Harold Dorwin

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is seen as it flies near the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington. 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. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

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