Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Space Shuttle Discovery Now on Smithsonian Museum

One of the most iconic space shuttles launched by NASA, Discovery has finally made its way to its final resting place, which is in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum annex in Virginia, Washington.

Discovery completed its final spaceflight mission last March 2011.

The transfer is one that is both emotional and amazing, as the Discovery shuttle piggybacks on a Boeing 747 carrier jet from Kennedy Space Center. The plane and the shuttle touched down at Washington Dulles International Airport at around 11:00 AM EDT, but not before doing a loop first around the U.S. capital.

Discover was first launched to space back in August 1984. Discovery was NASA's Orbiter Fleet leader, having flown 39 successful missions in over 27 years of service.