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Space Shuttle Discovery up close and personal

Space Shuttle Discovery up close and personal

This week marked the arrival of the space shuttle discovery at its final destination. Discovery is now parked in its hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, never to fly again. I've rarely seen close-up images of the space shuttle that show its true condition. From afar, it looks white and mostly clean. Like many, I have generally presumed the marks on the spacecraft are cleaned up after each mission.

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Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

The space shuttle Discovery has finally come to rest in what may be the last location it ever travels to - the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in northern Virginia. This shuttle has been covered by the news so many times in the past week that it's quite unlikely that you've not already seen it in one way or another - likely on the gigantic Boeing 747 that carried it on its back across the country. This shuttle is known as the world's most traveled spaceship and will essentially represent NASA's 30-year space shuttle program as it sits in its show space near the Dulles International Airport for the foreseeable future.

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Space shuttle Discovery hitches its last ride on a jumbo jet

Space shuttle Discovery hitches its last ride on a jumbo jet

For decades, the space shuttles have hitched a ride atop a specially equipped Boeing 747 when they needed to be moved between facilities. The image of the space shuttle sitting atop the 747 is one that has fascinated many fans of space since the shuttle program launched. Space shuttle Discovery has been attached to the top of NASA's 747 for the last time at Kennedy Space Center.

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Space shuttle Discovery set for final voyage to Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery set for final voyage to Smithsonian

It's more than a little sad to see the space shuttle fleet retired and Americans having to hitch a ride aboard Russian spacecraft to reach the ISS. The space shuttle Discovery landed after its final space mission in March of last year. We knew when the discovery touched down after that final mission that it was bound for the Smithsonian museum to join the massive aerospace collection the museum owns.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Launching for Last Time November 3rd

Space Shuttle Discovery Launching for Last Time November 3rd

For NASA, the next couple of days will be historic, as the organization, and all those tied to it in one way or another, count down the days until the space shuttle Discovery launches into space for the last time. While it may be a major launch in of itself, the shuttle will also host a team of mice to discover (no pun intended) the effects of spaceflight on the immune system.

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NASA fixes ISS leak with 5.5hr spacewalk

NASA fixes ISS leak with 5.5hr spacewalk

A five and a half hour spacewalk culminated in a replaced pump controller and no small amount of relief, as the astronaut crew of the International Space Station hustled to fix the ammonia leak spotted late last week. NASA had warned the ISS crew that they'd need to venture outside of the orbiting research platform on Friday, with Expedition 35 Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn venturing out on Saturday afternoon to replace the faulty part.

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