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Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Flight

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Discovery is sitting atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

NASA's oldest space shuttle, Discovery, made its final flight today aboard a modified 747 jumbo jet.  It left Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral just after sunrise Tuesday morning bound for Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

It will go on display at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum hanger at the airport.

Discovery is first of the retired shuttle fleet to end up as a museum display.  Endeavour will arrive in Los Angeles this fall.  Atlantis will remain at Kennedy Space Center.

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