The staff at the Council of Better Business Bureaus got a close up look at Space Shuttle Discovery as it flew over Washington, D.C. en route to its permanent home at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum/Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. Discovery hitched a ride on the back of NASA 905, a modified Boeing 747
According to NASA’s website, Discovery:
- Completed 39 missions
- Spent 365 days in space
- Orbited the Earth 5,830 times
- Traveled 148,221,675 miles.
Discovery’s new mission will be “to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.” Three other shuttles have permanent museum homes, as well: Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, and Endeavor at the California Science Center Foundation in Los Angeles.
This photo, taken from the Council’s office in Arlington, Virginia, was taken by our newest employee, Elizabeth Holtan.
East Coasters, did you see Discovery fly by?