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NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Discovery mounted atop flew, approximately 1,500 feet above various parts of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, April 17.

The fly-over, performed with cooperation from the Federal Aviation Administration, took place near the conclusion of a ferry flight from Kennedy Space Center to the Dulles International Airport, to deliver the shuttle to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center adjacent to Dulles, in Chantilly, Va.
Discovery was flown over several landmarks in the metropolitan area. Discovery completed 39 space missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles.

Includes soundbites from NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver.

TRT: 00:35
               Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator
               HQ Contact: Michael Curie, 202-358-1100
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Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator

(TRT – 00:35) – “To those who say our best days of space exploration are behind us, I simply must disagree. While it is absolutely wonderful to reminisce about the past and that is of course what we come to the Smithsonian museums to do. NASA must continue and does focus on the future. You need only admire this unbelievable space shuttle and their accomplishments to realize that the people, the organizations and the nation that created them have only just begun.”

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