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Space shuttle Discovery takes off on final flight to the Smithsonian
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Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies into the sunrise above Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 17, 2012. The ferry flight, destined for Washington, D.C., marked the final departure for Discovery from its home for three decades.

Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian

Discovery and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departed Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, the same runway where the shuttle last landed from space on March 9, 2011.

Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian

Discovery, mated atop NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, seen ready for its final ferry flight, on April 16, 2012.

Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian


Space shuttle Discovery mated to jumbo jet for ride to Smithsonian

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