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Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives At Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center As Enterprise Leaves For New York (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/19/2012 12:01 pm Updated: 04/20/2012 1:53 pm

WASHINGTON -- Two NASA space shuttles, Discovery and Enterprise, crossed paths in a historic exchange at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Thursday morning.

Discovery, which arrived at Dulles International Airport from Florida on Wednesday after flying low over the nation's capital, is taking the place of Enterprise at the Smithsonian aerospace center near Dulles, as Enterprise begins its journey to New York City.

That craft's final destination will be the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

As WRC-TV/NBC4 reported, previous Discovery commanders were expected to be at the Udvar-Hazy Center for Discovery's arrival, along with more than 8,000 people.


Tayler Lofquist
Space Shuttle commanders walking out to see Discovery!

Enterprise will leave Dulles on Monday and fly to John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it will later be transported by barge to the Intrepid museum, which sits adjacent to the Hudson River.

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  • Space Shuttle Discovery and Enterprise

    A military band plays as the Space Shuttle Discovery (R), and the Space Shuttle Enterprise, left, sit nose to nose, during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. The space shuttle Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Interprise at the museum.

  • Space Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise

    A spectator holds an American flag in front of the Space Shuttle Discovery, right, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise, left, during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. The space shuttle Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Interprise at the museum.

  • Space Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise

    A military band plays as the Space Shuttle Discovery, right, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise, left, sit nose to nose, during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. The space shuttle Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Interprise at the museum.

  • Space Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise

    The Space Shuttle Discovery, right, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise, left, sit nose to nose, during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. The space shuttle Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Interprise at the museum.

  • Space Shuttle Discovery

    Former astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) stands in front of the Space Shuttle Discovery during an event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. The space shuttle Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Interprise at the museum.

  • Space Shuttle Discovery

    In this handout provided by NASA, the space shuttle Discovery is suspended from a sling held by two cranes shortly after the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) was pushed back from underneath at Washington Dulles International Airport on April 19, 2012, in Sterling, Virginia. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

  • Space Shuttle Discovery

    In this handout provided by NASA, NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with the Space Shuttle Discovery mated on top rolls into position for demating at Washington Dulles International Airport, April 18, 2012, in Sterling, Virginia. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum.

  • Space Shuttle Enterprise

    Ashley Koen (L) and Stephanie Harris, contractors with the Smithsonian Institute, wear models of the Space Shuttle Discovery on their heads alongside Space Shuttle Enterprise after it moved out of the Space hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., April 19, 2012, prior to a ceremony where Space Shuttle Discovery will be officially received by the museum and placed on permanent display. Discovery is the first spaceship of the retired US shuttle fleet to enter its permanent home as a museum artifact, replacing the prototype Enterprise, which will be moved to a museum in New York.

  • Space Shuttle Discovery

    The space shuttle Discovery sits on a tarmac at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on April 19, 2012 in Chantilly, Va. The space shuttle Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle from NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Interprise at the museum.

  • Space Shuttle Enterprise

    The Space Shuttle Enterprise is towed from the Space hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., April 19, 2012, prior to a ceremony where Space Shuttle Discovery will be officially received by the museum and placed on permanent display. Discovery is the first spaceship of the retired US shuttle fleet to enter its permanent home as a museum artifact, replacing the prototype Enterprise, which will be moved to a museum in New York.

  • Space Shuttle Enterprise

    Workers clear debris from underneath the Space Shuttle Enterprise as it is towed from the Space hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., April 19, 2012, prior to a ceremony where Space Shuttle Discovery will be officially received by the museum and placed on permanent display. Discovery is the first spaceship of the retired US shuttle fleet to enter its permanent home as a museum artifact, replacing the prototype Enterprise, which will be moved to a museum in New York.

  • Space Shuttle Enterprise

    The Space Shuttle Enterprise is towed from the Space hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., April 19, 2012, prior to a ceremony where Space Shuttle Discovery will be officially received by the museum and placed on permanent display. Discovery is the first spaceship of the retired US shuttle fleet to enter its permanent home as a museum artifact, replacing the prototype Enterprise, which will be moved to a museum in New York.

  • Space Shuttle Discovery

    The space shuttle Discovery sits on a tarmac at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on April 19, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. The space shuttle Discovery is the oldest and most traveled vehicle in NASA's space shuttle program, and will replace the Interprise at the museum.

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