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    Posted April 12, 2012 by
    Kennedy Space Center, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Space to Smithsonian: The shuttle's final journey

    icharles1 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Shuttle Discovery's final flight
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    Space shuttle Discovery awaits flight to Washington


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     icharles1 is an aerospace journalist who's covered the shuttle for almost 20 years.
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    (KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.) -- The work horse of America's space shuttle fleet, Discovery, is dressed and ready to depart America's Space Coast for Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

    The historic shuttle - which completed 39 space flights over 26 years - sat inside the massive Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center prior to being moved to the runway this week where a NASA Boeing 747 awaits to carry the orbiter piggyback up to the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Virginia.

    This aerospace reporters candid video taken on April 8 shows the most traveled space shuttle poised for the rollover.

    Discovery's storied past includes missions to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope; the first American female space flight pilot; satellite deployments and retrievals and construction of the International Space Station.

    The orbiter has a combined flight time of exactly one year in space.

    Discovery has traveled 148.2 million miles since her first flight in 1984, according to NASA.

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