Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives At Smithsonian
By Space Coast Daily // April 21, 2012
SPACE & NASA
WASHINGTON, DC — NASA transferred Space Shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum during a ceremony this week at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virgina.
After three decades of space service, NASA’s oldest and most traveled shuttle, Discovery, began its new life as a museum relic with one final takeoff. Discovery departed Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at daybreak Tuesday aboard a modified jumbo jet bound for Washington, where it will become a Smithsonian exhibit.
“Discovery has distinguished itself as the champion of America’s shuttle fleet. In its new home, it will shine as an American icon, educating and inspiring people of all ages for generations to come,” National Air and Space Museum Director, General John “Jack” Dailey said.
“The Museum is committed to teaching and inspiring youngsters, so that they will climb the ladder of academic success and choose professions that will help America be competitive and successful in the world of tomorrow.”