The Space Shuttle Discovery, which in its 27 years logged more than 148 million miles, regularly withstood 3,000-degree temperatures and circled the Earth more than 5,000 times, finally came to rest on Thursday.
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.
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
Space Shuttle Discovery, the NASA orbiter that spent a year's worth of time among the stars, completed its final journey Tuesday when it landed at Washington Dulles International Airport on the back of a Boeing 747.
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.
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.
The space shuttle Atlantis soared from Earth one last time Friday morning, carrying four astronauts on a final, unforgettable ride.
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Shuttle Discovery to be officially welcomed to Udvar-Hazy center Thursday, April 19 (Video-Slideshow)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The landing of Atlantis marks the end of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program.
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The space shuttle Atlantis launched for the last time Friday, ending NASA's 30-year shuttle program.
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The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on its final mission to the international space station.
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