- Posted April 12, 2012 by
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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Space to Smithsonian: The shuttle's final journey
Space shuttle Discovery awaits flight to Washington
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.