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    Posted: 4/17/2012 5:00:49 PM EST
    The Space Shuttle Discovery, attached to the back of a Boeing 747 airplane, passes over the Washington Monument, in Washington, Tuesday April 17, 2012. Discovery is en route from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar/Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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    Posted: 4/17/2012 5:00:49 PM EST
    The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Discovery is en route from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar/Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. The oldest surviving shuttle, Discovery holds the all-time record with 39 missions, 148 million miles, 5,830 orbits of Earth, and 365 days spent in space. All that was achieved in under 27 years. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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    Posted: 4/17/2012 5:00:49 PM EST
    The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over the National Mall in Washington,with the Capitol in the background, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Discovery is en route from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar/Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
  •  - Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 4:28:17 PM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past

    People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past

    Posted: 4/17/2012 4:27:42 PM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over Washington

    On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 4:27:01 PM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 4:25:46 PM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 4:23:14 PM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - The Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    The Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 4:22:29 PM EST
    REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
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    Posted: 4/17/2012 3:40:56 PM EST
    The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Discovery is en route from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar/Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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    Posted: 4/17/2012 2:20:48 PM EST
    The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Discovery is en route from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar/Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. The oldest surviving shuttle, Discovery holds the all-time record with 39 missions, 148 million miles, 5,830 orbits of Earth, and 365 days spent in space. All that was achieved in under 27 years. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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    Posted: 4/17/2012 2:20:47 PM EST
    Space shuttle Discovery atop a 747 carrier jet departs the Kennedy Space Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery is being transported to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The shuttle has been a part of some memorable moments since making its debut in 1984 following shuttles Columbia and Challenger. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  •  - The Space Shuttle Discovery,riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, makes it's final voyage with a flight over Washington

    The Space Shuttle Discovery,riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, makes it's final voyage with a flight over Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 12:39:11 PM EST
    The Space Shuttle Discovery,riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, makes it's final voyage with a flight over Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made it's way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - The Space Shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, makes it's final voyage with a flight over Washington

    The Space Shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, makes it's final voyage with a flight over Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 12:07:31 PM EST
    The Space Shuttle Discovery, riding atop a NASA 747 transport jet, makes it's final voyage with a flight over Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made it's way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  -  Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 12:00:36 PM EST
    On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made it's way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past

    People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past

    Posted: 4/17/2012 11:53:35 AM EST
    People look up from the rooftop of RFK Stadium in Washington to see the Space Shuttle Discovery fly past April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made it's way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery, on the back of a NASA 747 transport plane, flies over the National Mall in Washington

    The U.S. space shuttle Discovery, on the back of a NASA 747 transport plane, flies over the National Mall in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 11:51:51 AM EST
    The U.S. space shuttle Discovery, on the back of a NASA 747 transport plane, flies over the National Mall on its way to its permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), makes its way past Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington

    Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), makes its way past Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 11:47:55 AM EST
    Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), makes its way past Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington April 17, 2012. The space shuttle Discovery took off on its final voyage on Tuesday, on a piggyback jet ride to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex. REUTERS/Bill Ingalls/NASA/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
  •  - The Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    The Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 11:45:02 AM EST
    On it's final mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington April 17, 2012. The Space Shuttle Discovery made it's way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex where it will become an attraction to visitors there. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)
  •  - People watch from the base of the Washington Monument as the U.S. space shuttle Discovery, on the back of NASA 747 transport plane, flies over the National Mall  in Washington

    People watch from the base of the Washington Monument as the U.S. space shuttle Discovery, on the back of NASA 747 transport plane, flies over the National Mall in Washington

    Posted: 4/17/2012 11:42:32 AM EST
    People watch from the base of the Washington Monument as the U.S. space shuttle Discovery, on the back of NASA 747 transport plane, flies over the National Mall on its way to its permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT)