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Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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Space to Smithsonian: The shuttle's final journey
Shuttle Discovery nears trek to Smithsonian
(KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.) -- The space shuttle Discovery - a veteran of thirty-nine space flights - awaits her voyage to the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum near Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
Discovery is photographed on April 8 inside the massive Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center by this aerospace reporter.
She will be mated a top a modified NASA 747 aircraft and flown to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Discovery is NASA's most flown spacecraft and spent a combined 365 days in space during her 26 year storied career.
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