The space shuttle era is over. All that is left is to send the remaining spacecrafts to their retirement homes. While this is somewhat sad, you can still give it one last salute if you live on the East Coast.
At 7:30 am eastern time today Shuttle Discovery is set to leave Kennedy Space Center on NASA 905 — one of two Boeing 747s that NASA specially outfits as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to give what it calls, “The World’s Greatest Piggyback Ride.” During the flight from Florida to Virginia the 747 is expected to fly low enough to be seen in clear skies.
Discovery is set to arrive in Washington, D.C. (Dulles) by 10:00 am. So, if you’re reading this post on your lunch break, you’re already too late. The good news is Discovery is set for its permanent public display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center beginning on April 19th.
This will not be the last time a space shuttle will be moved across the country. The final shuttle built, Endeavour, will take the final SGA ride this fall when it gets moved from Florida to its new home at California Science Center in Los Angeles.
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