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Space Shuttle Discovery

February 28, 2012

Space Shuttle Discovery, the longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet, will be accepted into the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection at the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

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Astronauts Walking with Discovery

Photo: John Gibbons, Smithsonian

Astronauts walk next to a rolling Space shuttle Discovery during a special ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F.

Discovery Atop 747 - In Midair

Photo: NASA/Rebecca Roth

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) 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.

Discovery Atop 747 - Landing Gear Down

Photo: John Gibbons, Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) prepares for landing at Dulles International Airport, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. 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.

Discovery Atop 747 - Natural History and Washington Monument

Photo: Chun-Hsi Wong, Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is seen from the National Mall as it flies near the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the Washington Monument (foreground) Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

Discovery Atop 747 - Smithsonian Castle

Photo: Chun-Hsi Wong, Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is seen from the National Mall as it flies near the Smithsonian Castle (foreground) Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington, D.C. 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.

Discovery Atop 747 - Washington Skyline

Photo: NASA/Robert Markowitz

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flies over the Washington skyline as seen from a NASA T-38 aircraft, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. 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.

Discovery in Suspension

Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Sterling, Va.

Shuttles Nose to Nose

Photo: Carolyn Russo, Smithsonian

Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va.

Space Shuttle Enterprise Exiting the Hangar

Photo: NASA/Paul E. Alers

Space Shuttle Enterprise is rolled from the Space Hangar at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center prior to a transfer ceremony, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va.

Space Shuttle Noses Overlapping

Photo: John Gibbons, Smithsonian

Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose during the a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va.

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