Casual Friday: Space shuttle Discovery’s last flight

And this time, it was a passenger. As anybody that follows the U.S. space program is likely aware of, the space shuttle Discovery (the shuttle with the most missions under its… belt) was taken on the back of a 747 to its final home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia (suburban Washington, D.C). On the way there, it made a historic flyover above the U.S. Capital.

National Geographic presents a nice 2 minute summary of the flyover (direct link):

Meanwhile, if you’d like to see more Discovery video (and if you’ve got some serious time on your hands), plenty more is available online. Here’s a 46 minute video of Enterprise rolling out of Udvar-Hazy to make way for Discovery (direct link):

And here’s a 71 minute (ahem…) video showing the formal transfer of Discovery to the NASM (direct link):

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