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Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian
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Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian


Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian


Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian


Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian


Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian

Space shuttle Enterprise, which occupied the center spot in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center's space hangar since 2003, departed for Dulles Airport soon after Discovery had taken its place inside the museum.

Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian


Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian


Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian


Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian

"This is the national collection, we have the most complete collection of human spaceflight artifacts and vehicles in the world, so this is kind of the bookend, on the other end of the line, with Mercury on one end and Discovery on the other," museum director Gen. J.R. "Jack" Daily told collectSPACE.

Final wheels stop: Space shuttle Discovery enters the Smithsonian

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