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Final Voyage of Space Shuttle Discovery

Last updated on: April 18, 2012 14:52 IST

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The Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over the Washington skyline as seen from a NASA T-38 aircraft in this NASA handout photo. 

Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles.

NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to go on display.

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Photographs: Robert Markowitz/Reuters

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Space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, sits on the Dulles International Airport tarmac under blue skies after arrival in Virginia.

Discovery will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Centre.

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Photographs: Gary Cameron/Reuters

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Final Voyage of Space Shuttle Discovery

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The Space Shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, makes its final voyage with a flight over Washington.

The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there.

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Photographs: Kevin Lamarque /Reuters

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Final Voyage of Space Shuttle Discovery

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On its final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the US Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington.

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Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
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The space shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, does a final fly-by over the White House as tourists watch and take pictures in Washington.

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Photographs: Jim Bourg/Reuters

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Members of the media photograph the space shuttle Discovery attached to a modified NASA 747 aircraft at Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Photographs: Joe Skipper/Reuters

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