Thursday April 19 05:22 pm
Discovery Arrives on This Week @ NASA
Escorted by a NASA T-38 jet, Space Shuttle Discovery -- atop the NASA 905 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, made its much anticipated arrival in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It was the thirty-eighth and final time Discovery has traveled piggyback on the modified Boeing 747 -- and undoubtedly the most anticipated. Onlookers gathered on rooftops, along the National Mall -- wherever they could ... to catch a glimpse of the iconic shuttle as it was flown overhead. After a series of flyovers, The SCA and the most prolific space shuttle in history made a picture-perfect landing at Dulles International Airport in advance of its induction into the Smithsonian -- and display at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia. Following delivery of Discovery, NASA 905 will ferry Enterprise from Udvar-Hazy to the Intrepid Museum in New York City. Endeavour is scheduled to be similarly moved to the California Science Center in Los Angeles later this year. Also, three of the six crew members aboard the International Space Station talked with reporters during a NASA Television news conference, Seeking Healthy Spaceflight at a new space medicine facility in Houston, a festival in the California desert shows how the extreme conditions there helps NASA prepare for surface exploration of Mars, a New Spot for astronaut TJ Creamer and more.