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Space Shuttle Retirement

As the NASA Space Shuttle Program comes to an end, follow The Washington Times' historical coverage of the retirement and relocation of its spacecraft to museums across the US.

The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery sits on a road prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in Chantilly, Va., on April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Smithsonian ceremony welcomes space shuttle Discovery

By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

Space shuttles Discovery and Enterprise stood nose to nose during a stirring ceremony at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Thursday. Published April 19, 2012

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The space shuttle Discovery arrives by 747 carrier aircraft at Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. After completing 39 missions and spending 365 days in space, the historic spacecraft will make its final destination at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a Smithsonian museum, located in Chantilly, Va. on Thursday, April 19th. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Shuttle Discovery flyover dazzles D.C. area

- The Washington Times

The space shuttle Discovery passed low over the D.C. area Tuesday morning, drawing spectators to gathering spots atop buildings and aside roads for a glimpse of the onetime workhorse of NASA's orbiter fleet before it is delivered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Getting a last look at Space Shuttle Enterprise are (from left) Jonathan Featherstone of Oakton, his children Emmie, 4, and Luke, 2, and his brother, Michael, at the Smithsonian's Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Space shuttle Discovery ready for final flyover

- The Washington Times

The space shuttle Discovery, carried on the back of a jumbo jet, will fly over Washington on Tuesday as the onetime workhorse of NASA's orbiter fleet is delivered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

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Shuttle Endeavour makes final flight

Shuttle Endeavour makes final flight

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Space shuttle Endeavour makes a final flight across the country to the California Science Center, where it will be permanently displayed.

Shuttle Discovery's official welcome

Shuttle Discovery's official welcome

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Crowds cheer as the space shuttle Discovery trades places with Enterprise at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

Final flyover for space shuttle Discovery

Final flyover for space shuttle Discovery

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The space shuttle Discovery, carried on the back of a jumbo jet, flies over Washington on Tuesday en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Endeavor lifts off for final flight

Endeavor lifts off for final flight

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The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on its final mission to the international space station.