Looking Down the Road: Visiting NASA ‘s Space Shuttle Discovery at Her Retirement Home

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Space Shuttle Discovery
A picture from the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-133)

The Space Shuttle Discovery is coming to Dulles Airport on April 17th and I can’t wait to go see her!

Discovery took off from Earth to fly her last mission (STS-133) on February 24th, 2011.  We were so blessed to be able to travel to Titusville, FL to watch the final launch.

Now, I am looking forward to getting up close and personal with Discovery as she will be on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space museum, located on the grounds of Dulles Airport in Chantilly, VA.  The space shuttle will be flown to Dulles on the back of a giant Boeing 747.

No information has been released yet about activities scheduled for her arrival, but there will likely be a lot going on on April 17th (including a possible flyover!)

Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center
I can’t wait to go see Discovery in her new home in April!

If you are flying through Dulles Airport and have a layover, it is really easy to get to the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum to see Discovery once she is settled.  There is a  shuttle right from Dulles airport run by Virginia Regional Transit, so getting there is very easy.

Practical Information:

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Chantilly, Virginia

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Open every day except December 25.

Admission: Free

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