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Discovery ready to fly to Smithsonian’s Steven Udvar Hazy Center in Dulles, Va.

Space Shuttle discovery on launch pad

Between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, the space shuttle Discovery will make its final flight over the Washington, D.C. area, resting atop a specially outfitted 747.  Discovery will fly near a variety of landmarks such as the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Reagan National Airport, National Harbor and the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. (Viewing vantage points.) Discovery will be formally transferred to the Smithsonian in a public ceremony at the Udvar-Hazy Center on April 19. The ceremony will kick off a four-day “Welcome Discovery” festival of space-related activities.(Credit: Photo by Kim Shiflett, NASA)