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Space Shuttle Discovery coming to D.C. April 17

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The Space Shuttle Discovery will be doing a fly over D.C. between 10 a.m. and 11a.m. on Tuesday then landing at Dulles before being transported to the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.


From http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/discovery/
WELCOME, DISCOVERY!

Exciting News About Space Shuttle Discovery Fly-Over

NASA has announced Space Shuttle Discovery will fly over the Washington, DC metro area April 17. The flight is scheduled to occur between 10:00 and 11:00 am EDT and will fly near a variety of landmarks such as the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor, and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Read the NASA announcement.

Check out these great locations around town where you can spot the shuttle.

Please note: the exact route and timing of the flight depend on weather and operational constraints.

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is planning a festival of activities -- Welcome Discovery -- to celebrate the acquisition of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The festival will begin when the orbiter arrives in the D.C. area on April 17 and will feature four days of space-related activities, performances, appearances by space pioneers, films, and displays at the shuttle's new home, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Activities at the Center will kick off on April 19 when Discovery will be officially transferred by NASA into the Smithsonian's collection in an outdoor ceremony open to the public.

The Welcome Discovery festival is presented in cooperation with NASA. Support for the Welcome Discovery ceremony is generously provided by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation. All activities are offered free of charge but there is a $15 parking fee at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
 

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that going to be neat to see the shuttle atop the 747 that carries it around and at 1500 ft above ground will be a WOW factor for sure.

hope someone can get a video for us to see..

that will be a cool thing for sure. I was hoping to get up to DC to Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum but it may not be ready to see i suspect till sometime next year.

that will be neat to see a real shuttle in the museum..
 

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that will be neat to see a real shuttle in the museum..

The space shuttle Enterprise has been in the museum at Dulles for years.
 

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I think it sad that these billion-dollar machines (Endeavor = $1.7B) are now nothing more than museum pieces.
Meanwhile Americans must buy tickets on Soyuz capsules (designed in the 1960's) to get into space.

An astronaut on ISS matter of factly said recently that due to some nearby space debris, as a saftey precaution,
they retreated to their lifeboats, the two Soyuz capsules docked at the station... a poignant statement, I thought
 
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The space shuttle Enterprise has been in the museum at Dulles for years.

As I recall, the Enterprise was not an actual functioning shuttle that could go into space. It was a prototype to test the design to fly in earth's atmosphere. That said, it is still pretty cool to see.

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Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center - National Air & Space Museum - Chantilly, VA
 
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As part of the Columbia investigation, pieces of Enterprise (leading edge of wings is what I remember) were removed. I thought that the testing destroyed some of the removed pieces. From the picture above it looks like nothing is missing. Last time I saw Enterprise (a few years ago), the pieces were still off.

Anyone know if the exhibit description says anything about this?
 

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Unfortunately unless you are visiting one of the coasts (east or west), you won't be seeing a shuttle. They really needed one (or more) in other areas of the country. It should have also been mandated that access to view the shuttles was free to all visitors. It will be in DC, but the same can't be said for the other locations.
 

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As part of the Columbia investigation, pieces of Enterprise (leading edge of wings is what I remember) were removed. I thought that the testing destroyed some of the removed pieces. From the picture above it looks like nothing is missing. Last time I saw Enterprise (a few years ago), the pieces were still off.

Anyone know if the exhibit description says anything about this?

I took the photo above in Dec. 2010 and do not recall any mention of pieces being removed as stated here. That's not to say that it wasn't . . . I just do not recall reading about it.
 

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Real sore subject here in the Dayton area...:bawl:

We fully expected one of the retiring shuttles to be sent to the Air Force Museum...excuse me, The National Museum of the United States Air Force...

Sad really, here we have a huge series hangers and the shuttle would have been a natual fit...and free of charge. Imagine that, right smack-dab in the middle of the country in one of the biggest free museums in the world...

Here's a link, worth a look if you have an aviation mindset.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

Cool fact - lots of German a/c took to the skies in and around WPAFB during and immediately after WWII as our scientist and engineers did their thing.

I work on the base and we often take a lunch on the museum grounds...lots of unit memorials out there...most folks have no concept of just how many young men died in the Army Air Corps.
 

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Real sore subject here in the Dayton area...:bawl:

We fully expected one of the retiring shuttles to be sent to the Air Force Museum...excuse me, The National Museum of the United States Air Force...

Sad really, here we have a huge series hangers and the shuttle would have been a natual fit...and free of charge. Imagine that, right smack-dab in the middle of the country in one of the biggest free museums in the world...

Here's a link, worth a look if you have an aviation mindset.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

Cool fact - lots of German a/c took to the skies in and around WPAFB during and immediately after WWII as our scientist and engineers did their thing.

I work on the base and we often take a lunch on the museum grounds...lots of unit memorials out there...most folks have no concept of just how many young men died in the Army Air Corps.

I agree . . . I also thought one should go to NASA in Houston as well.
 

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There simply aren't enough Shuttles to go to all the deserving museums and locations. I'm just glad they are not being scrapped.
 

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My daughter just called to tell me that she watched Discovery being towed through DC.

The space shuttle represents the space program to her generation. She was thrilled to see it and I'm sure that we'll be going to see it on our next visit to DC.
 

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I saw it. It did about 4 loops thru downtown DC, so I saw it all 4 times. Tons of folks on rooftops over here on Capitol Hill. Having problems with attaching pictures but here's one.
 

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neat photo.

My husband took the call so maybe she meant flew over the National Mall. Duh! Lost in translation!
 

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Two more Robert Markowitz Photo's I thought I included but inadvertently left out:

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Richard
 
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Great pictures!

Does anyone know: are those extra rudders on the back of the 747, or just verticle stabilizers? They look really unique.

Kurt
 
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