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SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY TRANSFERRED TO SMITHSONIAN
04.20.12
 
On April 19, NASA’s space shuttle Discovery was officially  transferred to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum during a ceremony at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Discovery will be placed on public display at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport. The event was part of the multi-day “Welcome Discovery” event following the shuttle’s delivery on April 17 by NASA’s modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. After being removed from atop the plane, Discovery, the most traveled space shuttle in history, was towed to Udvar-Hazy for the transfer ceremony. Includes b-roll of Space Shuttle Enterprise being removed from the hangar at Udvar-Hazy to make room for Discovery, Discovery nose-to-nose with Space Shuttle Enterprise, portions of the signing ceremony and speech excerpts from Smithsonian Director General John R. “Jack” Dailey, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and U.S. Senator/Former NASA Astronaut John H. Glenn.

TRT: 00:42
                Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
                Sen. John H. Glenn/Former NASA Astronaut
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Cut # 1 Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

(TRT – 00:11) – “Today we turn Discovery over to the Smithsonian with great expectation that, as we have always done, NASA will continue to inspire the young people of today and tomorrow.”
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Cut# 2 Sen. John H. Glenn/Former NASA Astronaut

(TRT – 00:31) – “Today Discovery takes on a new mission, less dynamic perhaps, but none the less important. It will be on display not only as a testament to events of our time, but also as an inspiration to future generations. It will be a symbol for our nation, of space flight that presents optimism and hope and challenge and leadership and aspiration to explore and to excel.”
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