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Space Shuttle Swan Songs: Enterprise and Discovery Fly their Final Missions [Slide Show]

Washington, D.C. and New York City greet the retiring shuttles

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VETERAN CRAFT:

Discovery, the longest serving space shuttle, flew a total of 39 missions in 27 years. Ken Kremer....[ More ]

DISCOVERY DELIVERED:

Discovery after entering its new home at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. Ken Kremer....[ More ]

FINAL FAREWELL:

This is most likely the last time that the Enterprise and Discovery will be side by side. Ken Kremer....[ More ]

HUGE CROWD:

More than 10,000 people gathered at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum outside Washington, D.C., to see Discovery and Enterprise nose to nose. Ken Kremer....[ More ]

AMERICAN PRIDE:

Former astronaut John Glenn (standing center, red tie), the first American to orbit Earth , was among the speakers at the Smithsonian's "Welcome Discovery " festival. Glenn flew on Discovery in 1998.....[ More ]

D.C. FLYOVER:

On April 17 Discovery made its way to Dulles International Airport atop a Boeing 747. The shuttle-bearing 747 looped four times around Washington, D.C., descending as low as 90 meters and passing above the capital's landmarks.....[ More ]

ON THE MOVE:

Enterprise has been the centerpiece of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Its new home will be the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Ken Kremer....[ More ]

EARLY ENTERPRISE:

Enterprise at the Kennedy Space Center on May 1, 1979. Although never launched into orbit, the prototype shuttle was carried to high altitude by a 747 then released to perform test landings that served as a trial runs for Enterprise ’s sister craft, Columbia , the first shuttle launched into orbit. ....[ More ]

NOW BOARDING:

Enterprise was loaded onto a NASA 747 in preparation for its journey to New York City. The shuttle is scheduled to be flown over the New York metropolitan area on the morning of April 27.  Ken Kremer....[ More ]

SIBLING SHUTTLES:

The first space shuttle, Enterprise (left) sits nose to nose with the recently retired Discovery at the Smithsonian's "Welcome Discovery " event (right).  Ken Kremer....[ More ]

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