Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Today, the Space Shuttle Discovery, perched atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), buzzed DC on its way to Dulles Airport and its final resting place in the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. We fought the traffic, eventually parking on the curb of  the traffic circle just before you enter DC from Arlington via the Memorial Bridge.  That turned out to be a great location - the Shuttle passed almost directly overhead a few times!

There are tons of photos that are better than mine, so I only included a few.  Below my photos are links to other photo sources.

Discovery Ready For Mate-Demate Device (KSC-2012-2099)Discovery Ready For Mate-Demate Device (KSC-2012-2107)Discovery Readied For Mate to SCA (KSC-2012-2218)Discovery Mated To Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (KSC-2012-2292)Crews Prepare Cranes For Discovery's Arrival (201204160001HQ)Shuttle Discovery Reagan Airport Fly-Over (201204170041HQ)
Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170042HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170043HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery Dulles Fly-Over (201204170021HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170045HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery DC Fly-Over (201204170006HQ)Space Shuttle Discovery Landing (201204170024HQ)
SpotTheShuttle2012, a gallery on Flickr.

The gallery embedded above holds photos by other people, which I have 'favorited'.  Initially, all the photos are from NASA Headquarter's photostream.

Photos are also being collected in the Space Shuttle Discovery group.

Rocketeer Todd Harrision posted his most excellent photos to Facebook (may require membership):  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100448756460266.2586587.1507207&type=1.

Some via WaPo's Capital Weather Gang.

National Geographic

Video: The Spacegasmic Shuttle Fly-Over of 2012DCist

Whew, I think that's enough!  When The Big Picture inevitably posts their album, I'll separately post the link.  If you see it and I haven't posted it, please let me know!

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