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Another look at the shuttle Discovery as it makes it way around D.C. (Courtesy Steve Sisak)
Another look at the shuttle Discovery as it makes it way around D.C. (Courtesy Steve Sisak)
A view of the shuttle Discovery flyover from the Sully Park area along Route 28. (Courtesy Steve Sisak)
A view of the shuttle Discovery flyover from the Sully Park area along Route 28. (Courtesy Steve Sisak)
The shuttle Discovery making its flyover the D.C. area. The photo was taken from the Sully Park area along Route 28. (Courtesy Steve Sisak)
The shuttle Discovery making its flyover the D.C. area. The photo was taken from the Sully Park area along Route 28. (Courtesy Steve Sisak)
The shuttle Discovery lands at Dulles Airport. Will become Smithsonian exhibit. (Courtesy NASA TV)
The shuttle Discovery lands at Dulles Airport. Will become Smithsonian exhibit. (Courtesy NASA TV)
The space shuttle Discovery at Dulles Airport. (Courtesy NASA TV)
The space shuttle Discovery at Dulles Airport. (Courtesy NASA TV)
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Instead of showing a Tow-Away Zone, reader Cindy Joy thought the sign should say Piggy-Backing Zone. (Courtesy Cindy Joy)
Instead of showing a ''Tow-Away'' Zone, reader Cindy Joy thought the sign should say ''Piggy-Backing'' Zone. (Courtesy Cindy Joy)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from a rooftop in Chantilly, Va. (Courtesy Brian Parillo)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from a rooftop in Chantilly, Va. (Courtesy Brian Parillo)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from JB Anacostia-Bolling in D.C. (Courtesy Steele C. G. Britton)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from JB Anacostia-Bolling in D.C. (Courtesy Steele C. G. Britton)
The shuttle Discovery on its flyover of D.C. (Courtesy Steele C. G. Britton)
The shuttle Discovery on its flyover of D.C. (Courtesy Steele C. G. Britton)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from an office building in McLean, Va. (Courtesy Paul Chang)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from an office building in McLean, Va. (Courtesy Paul Chang)
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A view of the shuttle Discovery as taken from an office building in McLean, Va. (Courtesy Paul Chang)
A view of the shuttle Discovery as taken from an office building in McLean, Va. (Courtesy Paul Chang)
A view of the shuttle Discovery flying over McLean Tuesday. (Courtesy Paul Chang)
A view of the shuttle Discovery flying over McLean Tuesday. (Courtesy Paul Chang)
The shuttle Discovery over the D.C. area Tuesday. (Courtesy Bob Tetro)
The shuttle Discovery over the D.C. area Tuesday. (Courtesy Bob Tetro)
The shuttle Discovery salutes D.C. on its way to Dulles Airport. (Courtesy Bob Tetro)
The shuttle Discovery salutes D.C. on its way to Dulles Airport. (Courtesy Bob Tetro)
The shuttle Discovery flies over the D.C. area Tuesday. (Courtesy Bob Tetro)
The shuttle Discovery flies over the D.C. area Tuesday. (Courtesy Bob Tetro)
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A view of the shuttle Discovery as it makes its flyover the D.C. area. (Courtesy Elly Brosius via Twitter)
A view of the shuttle Discovery as it makes its flyover the D.C. area. (Courtesy Elly Brosius via Twitter)
The shuttle Discovery makes its flyover the D.C. area. (Courtesy Julie W. via Twitter)
The shuttle Discovery makes its flyover the D.C. area. (Courtesy Julie W. via Twitter)
A view of the shuttle Discovery from Seven Oaks Academy in Manassas. (Courtesy Stacy Doyle)
A view of the shuttle Discovery from Seven Oaks Academy in Manassas. (Courtesy Stacy Doyle)
Kids from the Seven Oaks Academy in Manassas watch the shuttle Discovery flyover the area. The children range in age from 16 months to 6 years old. (Courtesy Stacy Doyle)
Kids from the Seven Oaks Academy in Manassas watch the shuttle Discovery flyover the area. The children range in age from 16 months to 6 years old. (Courtesy Stacy Doyle)
The shuttle Discovery makes its flyover in the D.C. area. (Courtesy Matt N)
The shuttle Discovery makes its flyover in the D.C. area. (Courtesy Matt N)
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The shuttle Discovery makes its flyover the D.C. area Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Matt N)
The shuttle Discovery makes its flyover the D.C. area Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Matt N)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Capitol Hill in D.C. (Courtesy Charles Trew)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Capitol Hill in D.C. (Courtesy Charles Trew)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Capitol Hill in D.C. (Courtesy Charles Trew)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Capitol Hill in D.C. (Courtesy Charles Trew)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from the Supreme Court. (Courtesy Charles Trew)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from the Supreme Court. (Courtesy Charles Trew)
The shuttle Discovery making its flyover in Northern Virginia. (Courtesy Twitter user NOVAHousewives)
The shuttle Discovery making its flyover in Northern Virginia. (Courtesy Twitter user @NOVAHousewives)
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The shuttle Discovery as seen from Fort Reno, D.C. (WTOPJ.J. Green)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Fort Reno, D.C. (WTOP/J.J. Green)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Fort Reno in D.C. (WTOPJ.J. Green)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Fort Reno in D.C. (WTOP/J.J. Green)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Old Town Alexandria. (Courtesy Renee Grebe)
The shuttle Discovery as seen from Old Town Alexandria. (Courtesy Renee Grebe)
A view of the shuttle Discovery from RFK Stadium. (Courtesy Marjke Matthes via Twitter)
A view of the shuttle Discovery from RFK Stadium. (Courtesy Marjke Matthes via Twitter)
The shuttle buzzed D.C. in three wide loops. (WTOPPaul D. Shinkman)
The shuttle buzzed D.C. in three wide loops. (WTOP/Paul D. Shinkman)
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A view of the shuttle Discovery from RFK Stadium. (Courtesy Marjke Matthes via Twitter)
A view of the shuttle Discovery from RFK Stadium. (Courtesy Marjke Matthes via Twitter)
The shuttle Discover makes its first pass over Dulles Airport. (Courtesy Twitter user bigwinnerx)
The shuttle Discover makes its first pass over Dulles Airport. (Courtesy Twitter user @bigwinnerx)
The shuttle Discovery flying over Herndon, Va. (Courtesy Justin Garza via Twitter)
The shuttle Discovery flying over Herndon, Va. (Courtesy Justin Garza via Twitter)
The final descent of the shuttle Discovery. (Courtesy Twitter user sarawd)
The final descent of the shuttle Discovery. (Courtesy Twitter user @sarawd)
The shuttle Discovery from the 17th floor offices of McGuirewoods LLP in Tysons Corner. (Courtesy Joy Miller)
The shuttle Discovery from the 17th floor offices of McGuirewoods LLP in Tysons Corner. (Courtesy Joy Miller)
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Another view of the shuttle Discovery flying over the D.C. area. (Courtesy Twitter user JayNew83)
Another view of the shuttle Discovery flying over the D.C. area. (Courtesy Twitter user @JayNew_83)
A photo of the shuttle flying over Manassas. (Courtesy Ginny Chambers via Twitter)
A photo of the shuttle flying over Manassas. (Courtesy Ginny Chambers via Twitter)
Another view of the shuttle Discovery flying over the D.C. area (Courtesy Twitter user stellie72)
Another view of the shuttle Discovery flying over the D.C. area (Courtesy Twitter user @stellie72)
The shuttle Discovery flies over the D.C. area Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Lynn Golub-Rofrano via Twitter)
The shuttle Discovery flies over the D.C. area Tuesday morning. (Courtesy Lynn Golub-Rofrano via Twitter)
A view of the shuttle Discovery as it passed over K Street NE in D.C. (Courtesy Karen Maria Alston via Twitter)
A view of the shuttle Discovery as it passed over K Street NE in D.C. (Courtesy Karen Maria Alston via Twitter)
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A view of the shuttle Discovery from the tarmac at Reagan National Airport. (Courtesy Jack McKinney via Twitter)8207
A view of the shuttle Discovery from the tarmac at Reagan National Airport. (Courtesy Jack McKinney via Twitter)‏
Discoverys career began in 1984 with the STS-41D mission. The tribute pictured here hangs in Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery is shown circled by its 39 mission patches -- including the patch for its final planned flight, STS-133. The background image was taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, which launched aboard Discovery on STS-31 and serviced by Discovery on STS-82 and STS-103. The American flag and bald eagle represent Discoverys role in returning American astronauts to space with the STS-26 and STS-114 missions. (NASAAmy Lombardo)
Discovery's career began in 1984 with the STS-41D mission. The tribute pictured here hangs in Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery is shown circled by its 39 mission patches -- including the patch for its final planned flight, STS-133. The background image was taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, which launched aboard Discovery on STS-31 and serviced by Discovery on STS-82 and STS-103. The American flag and bald eagle represent Discovery's role in returning American astronauts to space with the STS-26 and STS-114 missions. (NASA/Amy Lombardo)
Space shuttle Columbia on Pad 39A watches the picture-perfect ascent of sister ship Discovery during its liftoff on STS-31. The launch pads are separated by 1.6 miles. Discovery, carrying a five-member crew and the Hubble Space Telescope, lifted off at 834 a.m. (NASA)
Space shuttle Columbia on Pad 39A "watches" the picture-perfect ascent of sister ship Discovery during its liftoff on STS-31. The launch pads are separated by 1.6 miles. Discovery, carrying a five-member crew and the Hubble Space Telescope, lifted off at 8:34 a.m. (NASA)
Carried by its mobile launcher platform, shuttle Discovery slowly moves through the high bay doors of the Vehicle Assembly Building on the way to Launch Pad 39A before the STS-82 mission. A seven-member crew performed the second servicing of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope during the flight. (NASA, Jan. 17 1997)
Carried by its mobile launcher platform, shuttle Discovery slowly moves through the high bay doors of the Vehicle Assembly Building on the way to Launch Pad 39A before the STS-82 mission. A seven-member crew performed the second servicing of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope during the flight. (NASA, Jan. 17 1997)
Oct. 29, 1998 From the roof of the Launch Control Center, U.S. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton track the plume and successful launch of space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-95. This was the first shuttle launch to be viewed by President Clinton, or any President to date. They attended the launch to witness the return to space of American senator and Mercury astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., payload specialist on the mission. (NASA)
Oct. 29, 1998: From the roof of the Launch Control Center, U.S. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton track the plume and successful launch of space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-95. This was the first shuttle launch to be viewed by President Clinton, or any President to date. They attended the launch to witness the return to space of American senator and Mercury astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., payload specialist on the mission. (NASA)
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June 6, 1999 With its drag chute fully deployed, space shuttle Discovery lands on Kennedys brightly lighted Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15, completing the 9-day, 19-hour, 13-minute and 1-second STS-96 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 20243 a.m. EDT June 6, landing on orbit 154. This was the 94th flight in the space shuttle program and the 26th for Discovery. (NASA)
June 6, 1999: With its drag chute fully deployed, space shuttle Discovery lands on Kennedy's brightly lighted Shuttle Landing Facility runway 15, completing the 9-day, 19-hour, 13-minute and 1-second STS-96 mission. Main gear touchdown was at 2:02:43 a.m. EDT June 6, landing on orbit 154. This was the 94th flight in the space shuttle program and the 26th for Discovery. (NASA)
July 4, 2006 In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach (foreground) cheers over the successful liftoff of space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121 -- the first ever Independence Day launch of a space shuttle. At far left is Stephanie Stilson, NASA flow director for Discovery. (NASAKim Shiflett)
July 4, 2006: In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach (foreground) cheers over the successful liftoff of space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121 -- the first ever Independence Day launch of a space shuttle. At far left is Stephanie Stilson, NASA flow director for Discovery. (NASA/Kim Shiflett)
Aug. 4, 2009 Rollout of space shuttle Discovery is slow-going due to the onset of lightning in the area of Launch Pad 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rollout was in preparation for launch on the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station. (Justin Dernier, EPA)
Aug. 4, 2009: Rollout of space shuttle Discovery is slow-going due to the onset of lightning in the area of Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rollout was in preparation for launch on the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station. (Justin Dernier, EPA)
Sept. 8, 2009 Using a still camera at a window on Discoverys aft flight deck, astronaut Tim Kopra photographs the International Space after the two spacecraft undocked. (NASA)
Sept. 8, 2009: Using a still camera at a window on Discovery's aft flight deck, astronaut Tim Kopra photographs the International Space after the two spacecraft undocked. (NASA)
March 9, 2011 NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden leads the STS-133 crew to media representatives waiting on the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to hear statements about space shuttle Discoverys final spaceflight mission. (NASAKim Shiflett)
March 9, 2011: NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden leads the STS-133 crew to media representatives waiting on the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to hear statements about space shuttle Discovery's final spaceflight mission. (NASA/Kim Shiflett)
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In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Feb. 24, 2011 NASAs Discovery Flow Director Stephanie Stilson, left, STS-133 Assistant Shuttle Launch Director and lead NASA Test Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson and Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach watch the launch of space shuttle Discovery.(NASAKim Shiflett)
In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Feb. 24, 2011: NASA's Discovery Flow Director Stephanie Stilson, left, STS-133 Assistant Shuttle Launch Director and lead NASA Test Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson and Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach watch the launch of space shuttle Discovery.(NASA/Kim Shiflett)
Dec. 21, 2010 The beginning of a total lunar eclipse hovers over the top of space shuttle Discovery as the spacecraft awaits rollback from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASAKim Shiflett)
Dec. 21, 2010: The beginning of a total lunar eclipse hovers over the top of space shuttle Discovery as the spacecraft awaits rollback from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA/Kim Shiflett)
April 17, 2012 Space shuttle Discovery atop a 747 carrier jet departs the Kennedy Space Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery is being transported to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (AP PhotoJohn Raoux)
April 17, 2012: Space shuttle Discovery atop a 747 carrier jet departs the Kennedy Space Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery is being transported to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Space shuttle Discovery atop a 747 carrier jet departs the Kennedy Space Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery is being transported to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (AP PhotoJohn Raoux)
Space shuttle Discovery atop a 747 carrier jet departs the Kennedy Space Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery is being transported to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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