Crowds gather at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to watch the Discovery space shuttle land at Dulles Airport. The shuttle will be on display at the museum starting Thursday.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery will be flying into Dulles Airport on Tuesday, followed by events welcoming the shuttle to the Udvar-Hazy Center on Thursday, Friday and through the weekend.
TUESDAY - DISCOVERY LANDS • 8 a.m. – The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly will open its parking lot (and the McDonald’s) at 8 a.m. for those who want to watch the shuttle come into Dulles Airport from that location. The Smithsonian Institute says the parking lot will be the best location for watching. Bring a lawn chair and your breakfast. Parking is $15, the museum is free. • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – The building will be open for regular hours, until 5:30 p.m. The Engen Observation Tower will be closed to the public. • 10 a.m. – The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, will bring Discovery to Dulles International Airport between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The airplane will fly over the Washington D.C. area before landing. The …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the space shuttle fly before it docks at the National Air and Space Museum.
NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery, which has been hauling astronauts to and from Earth's orbit since 1984, takes its swan song flight over the Washington Metropolitan Area next week. On Tuesday, April 17, area residents can catch a glimpse of the shuttle as it travels on the back of a Boeing 747 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Washington Dulles International Airport. Discovery will pass over the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, the National Harbor, and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which will serve as its permanent home. In Virginia, a number will be available that passes along reports of the shuttle's whereabouts, 703-572-4100. In Maryland and Washington, DC, the number will …