Thursday, April 19, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery will be presented nose-to-nose with the space shuttle Enterprise at the Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday. This is the last chance to see the Enterprise before it leaves for New York.
THURSDAY - WELCOME DISCOVERY CELEBRATION • 8 a.m. – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center will open its parking lot and building two hours early, at 8 a.m. McDonald’s will be open as well. Parking is $15, admission to the museum is free. • 9 a.m. – The outside ceremony area will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • 11 a.m. – Discovery will arrive at the Udvar-Hazy Center for the transfer ceremony. Music will be performed by the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Discovery crew members will be in attendance. The space shuttles Discovery and Enterprise will be placed nose-to-nose. • 11:30 a.m. – The transfer ceremony will begin. The National Anthem will be sung by mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. Speakers include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Smithsonian…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thousands were present to witness Discovery's final landing on the back of a Boeing 747.
After decades of missions, almost a year in space and soaring nearly 149 million miles through the heavens, Discovery—NASA's last space shuttle—made its final voyage on the back of a Boeing 747 to Dulles International Airport on Tuesday. Hundreds of people on the roof of a parking garage at Dulles greeted Discovery with cheers of excitement and awe as it soared past an American flag on its first flyover of the metropolitan area. Several small children jumped up and down, waving their arms. A retired Air Force pilot eagerly scanned the horizon with a pair of binoculars, as his daughter perched on a small concrete column to get a better view. Many were well aware that the flight marked the end of an era, such as sixth-grader Lindsay Yentz, …
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