Discovery Atop 747 - Coming in for Landing

Photo: John Gibbons, Smithsonian
April 17, 2012
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Photo: John Gibbons, Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) flies near Dulles International Airport in preparation for landing, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Chantilly, Va.. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.