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UPDATE: Space shuttle Discovery lands at new home

CHANTILLY, Va. (WKOW) -- Space shuttle Discovery has landed at Washington Dulles International Airport, where its wheels will stop for the last time at the Smithsonian.

The world's most traveled spaceship landed Tuesday after taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and soaring around the Washington Monument and White House in a salute to the nation's capital. Discovery rode on the back of a 747 jet and took a spin around Washington at an easy-to-spot 1,500 feet before it was grounded for good.

Discovery will be towed Thursday to its installation at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex  in northern Virginia.

Discovery flew nearly 149 million miles before retiring last year.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WKOW) -- It flew more missions than any other space shuttle and now NASA's Discovery is making it's final trip through the skies. 

Discovery departed Florida's Kennedy Space Center around 6 a.m. Tuesday aboard a modified jumbo jet. It's set to be the newest icon at the Smithsonian Institution's hanger at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. 

The plane and shuttle headed south for one last flight over the beaches of Cape Canaveral. A similar flyover is planned over the monuments in the nation's capital, later in the morning.

Discovery is the first of the three retired space shuttles to head to a museum. It will be taking the place of the shuttle prototype Enterprise. The Enterprise will go to New York City.

Endeavour will head to Los Angeles this fall. Atlantis will remain at Kennedy Space Center.

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