About above image: In this photo we see the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft transporting Space Shuttle Discovery as it departs the Kennedy Space Center.
Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann
About above image: Space Shuttle Discovery is pictured atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as it flies over the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building.
Photo credit: NASA/Glenn Benson
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Space Shuttle Discovery departed NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the last time with an early-morning takeoff atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). Instead of blazing a trail toward low Earth orbit, the agency's most-flown shuttle is on its way to Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
The SCA transporting Discovery took off from Kennedy at 7am EDT, just as the first light dawned at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The ferry flight concluded at 11:05 a.m. when the aircraft touched down at Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va. …
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While we are at it
Here’s an update on the end of the month
SpaceX Dragon 'Looks Good' in Flight Readiness Review
As of Monday, April 16th, 2012
NASA and SpaceX officials met Monday at Johnson Space Center in Houston for a detailed Flight Readiness Review meeting ahead of the second demonstration mission of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft targeted to lift off on one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets.
The meeting, a standard part of NASA's pre-launch preparations, confirmed the cargo test flight to the International Space Station is on-track for an April 30th launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, adjacent to NASA's Kennedy Space Center. "Everything looks good heading to the April 30th launch date," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.
I’ll say it again…
It’s going to be a lot of fun watching the SpaceX Dragon fly!
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