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    Posted April 17, 2012 by
    potomacfg183
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    Reston, Virginia
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    Space to Smithsonian: The shuttle's final journey

    potomacfg183 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Shuttle Discovery's final flight

    Space Shuttle Program Comes Full Circle For Space Fan

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     potomacfg183, of Potomac Falls, Virginia, shot the first part of this video from his back porch, then raced to Dulles Airport, where he shot the rest from an overpass about a mile from the airport. 'I was a child in middle school when I learned about the future space shuttle program while visiting the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. I remember watching the first flight and the many launches since then, the Challenger and Columbia disasters, and now the retirement of the program,' he says. 'I had a lump in my throat as I watched the shuttle fly over my head for the last time...I feel like a piece of my childhood has ended.' He says he was texting his kids while they watched outside their respective schools. 'I look forward to taking them to see the shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy museum in the near future,' he says. 'We should continue to fund the space program and explore the outer reaches of our planet. The technology that NASA has developed has helped us tremendously on earth.'
    - ssesha, CNN iReport producer

    As a child in middle school I visited the National Air and Space Museum and was excited to learn about the upcoming Space Shuttle program. Now, over 30 years and many triumphs and tragedies later I had a lump in my throat as I watched this beautiful piece of american history and ingenuity fly over my head for the last time. I look foward to taking my kids to see the Space Shuttle Discovery in its new home at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Please enjoy the video I took of this special event.

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