17 April 2012

Space Shuttle Delivered to Smithsonian

This morning the Space Shuttle Discovery made its way, piggyback on a Boeing 747, from Florida to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum next to Dulles Airport just outside of DC. On its way to the Smithsonian it buzzed the Capital a few times along the Potomac and over the National Mall.  This particular Shuttle made 39 trips into space.

I remember back in the late 1970s when I saw on TV footage of when they first put a Shuttle on top of a 747. Kind of cool that 30 some years later I get to see it in person for its last piggyback ride.  I still wonder how they whole darn thing doesn't just fall off.

Unfortunately, my lense was dirty.


  1. Amazing pictures. (I'm with you on wondering how it keeps from falling off.)

  2. Oh that's cool that you saw it in person and could take these great pictures of it! I thought of trying to see it from my building in Virginia, but my building is too far away from D.C., the shape would have been indistinct if visible at all.

    - Christy

  3. I was stuck in a meeting and missed it; boo!

  4. Very moving. But I can't help wondering ... Is this how shuttle babies are made?

  5. Susan: Super glue maybe.

    Christy: I only found out about it that morning or I would have missed it entirely.

    Stefan: Probably would have good views from Georgetown.

    Steve: I would have thought it was moving too, but for me, operating a camera really takes away from the moment.


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