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    Posted April 19, 2012 by
    Chantilly, Virginia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Space to Smithsonian: The shuttle's final journey

    Bob696 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Shuttle Discovery's final flight
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    Enterprise and Discovery


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Bob696 says his daughter was visiting the Smithsonian with her high school robotics team when she learned that Discovery and Enterprise would be nose to nose for five hours in Chantilly, Virginia. Bob696 says it was interesting seeing the two shuttles sitting side by side. ‘Enterprise was the pristine shuttle, used for research and it had never been into space while Discovery was the weather beaten work horse that did go into space.' He says his daughter loved seeing the burn marks on Discovery's maneuver engine, ‘she loved the way you could see the age, it wore its missions.' When he heard President Obama announce an end to the space shuttle program and its transition to have it funded by private industry he initially thought it was a bad idea. 'But when I researched it for a piece I realized it was a good idea, and if he is successful he might be as visionary as John F. Kennedy who sent us to the moon,' he says. 'The end of the shuttle program is an end of an era, but it is also the beginning of something new.'
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    The space shuttles Enterprise (l) and Discovery; together like you'll never see them again.
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