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Shuttle “Discovery” transferred to Smithsonian by NASA

NASA transferred the space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum during a ceremony on Thursday, April 19, at the museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.  The keynote address was given by astronaut John Glenn, who is the oldest member of a Discovery crew. Shown here: The start of Discovery’s maiden voyage, Aug. 30, 1984, 8:42 a.m. from the Kennedy Space Center. It’s spaceflight career spanned more than 26 years. (NASA photo)


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