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At the Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center adjacent to Dulles, NASA and United Space Alliance (USA) engineers continue to prepare space shuttle Discovery for final display.
Tuesday the protective tailcone was removed from the aft end of the orbiter exposing the replica space shuttle main engines. Additionally, support struts are being installed today in the aft compartment.
Remaining work includes installation of the engine nozzles for the orbital maneuvering system pods on the back end of the shuttle and preparing the vehicle for final display positioning.
The tailcone from Discovery will be returned to Kennedy Space Center in Florida and used for shuttle Endeavour's ferry to California this fall.
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