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Discovery Space Shuttle to Fly Over Washington DC

By April 17, 2012

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Look toward the skies this morning! The Discovery Space Shuttle will soon be on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia. The shuttle will depart Kennedy Space Center in Florida around dawn on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, atop a Boeing 747 modified as a Shuttle Carrier, and will likely arrive in the Washington DC area between 10 and 11 a.m. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, will receive the historic orbiter from NASA in a ceremony April 19. The aircraft is expected to fly near several landmarks in the metropolitan area. The exact route and timing of the flight, which is being coordinated in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, will depend on weather and operational constraints.

This will be an unusual sight to see. You may be able to spot the shuttle from the following locations: The museum has established telephone hotlines to get current information on the shuttle as it travels from Florida to the Washington area. (202) 633-9100 and (703) 572-4100. Note: The hotlines will not be live until April 17.

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