Space Shuttle Discovery Takes Off One Last Time
UPDATE: The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on a 747 carrier aircraft, flew over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday before being delivered from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its final home, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution in northern Virginia.
(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- After 39 missions since its first flight in 1984, space shuttle Discovery took off one last time on Tuesday to head to its final resting place -- a museum in Washington, D.C.
The retired space shuttle departed at daybreak from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, where it made its final landing over a year ago on March 9, 2011.
Propped atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, Discovery will fly over the nation's capital before landing in Dulles International Airport. It will then be transported to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
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