Space shuttle Discovery lands at final home

Space shuttle Discovery lands at final home

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - APRIL 16 : Alvin Drew (from left), Nicole Stott, Mike Barratt, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe, and Steve Lindsey, the last crew, STS-133, of space shuttle Discovery which sits atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) ready to transport from Kennedy Space Center to the Washington D.C., on April 16, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Following the retirement of the shuttle fleet, Discovery will fly on Tuesday, April 17th to Washington for display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 10:47 PM

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Space shuttle Discovery has landed at Washington Dulles International Airport, where its wheels will stop for the last time at the Smithsonian.

The world's most traveled spaceship landed Tuesday after taking off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and soaring around the Washington Monument and White House in a salute to the nation's capital. Discovery rode on the back of a 747 jet and took a spin around Washington at an easy-to-spot 1,500 feet before it was grounded for good.

Discovery will be towed Thursday to its installation at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex near Dulles in northern Virginia.

Discovery flew nearly 149 million miles before retiring last year.

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