EVENT: Space Shuttle Discovery

By: Paulina Lam

The space shuttle Discovery made its final flight from Cape Canaveral, Fla. this morning to its final destination in Chantilly, Va., where it will become a permanent museum relic. Piggybacking atop a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet, Discovery flew around the nation’s capital, eliciting cheers and delighting spectators. The space shuttle then made its way to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia and landed shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT.

The space shuttle will be undergoing preparations for its debut in the National Air and Space’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Thursday, April 19.

Space shuttle Discovery “completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles,” according to USA Today.

The longest serving orbiter will replace Enterprise, a prototype orbiter, which is currently on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center. On Thursday, visitors have a chance to have a glimpse of Discovery and Enterprise next to each other, before Enterprise’s departure.

Enterprise will be transferred to be displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

Discovery, which took its first flight in August 1984, will be a permanent treasure for future generations to see what America is capable of.

Upcoming Events:

  • Welcome Discovery Celebration
  • Thursday, April 19
  • 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Throughout the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
  • Admission: Free, Parking $15
  • Student Discovery Day
  • Friday, April 20
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Throughout the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
  • Admission: Free, Parking $15
  • Family Weekend
  • Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 22
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Throughout the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
  • Admission: Free, Parking $15
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