Discovery arrives

The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a modified 747 jet, flew over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 17, 2012 on its way to its permanent home at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

NASA’s donation of the shuttle was recognized and celebrated during a special ceremony that followed its flight, landing, demating and towing.

Explore the Space Shuttle Discovery at http://discovery.si.edu

Video footage courtesy of NASA (http://nasa.gov/ntv) and Nathan Moeller, Max-Q Entertainment

Introductory music: “Stay Crunchy” by Ronald Jenkees

Posted: 12 July 2012
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Brian Ireley is a digital media specialist at the Smithsonian’s Central Office of Public Affairs. Specializing in science communication and multimedia production, most of Brian’s work aims to make nerdy topics more accessible and fun.