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Space Shuttle Discovery Becomes Museum Exhibit

More than a year after its last mission, the retired U.S. space shuttle Discovery was officially welcomed into its new home, April 19, 2012. The shuttle rolled into the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center outside Washington, where it will go on permanent display.

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Space shuttle Discovery is rolled toward the transfer ceremony at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, April 19, 2012. . (NASA/Carla Cioffi)
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Space shuttle Discovery is rolled toward the transfer ceremony at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, April 19, 2012. . (NASA/Carla Cioffi)

Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo)
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Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo)

Former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn holds his hand to his heart during the playing of the National Anthem at the transfer ceremony for space shuttle Discovery. (NASA/Paul E. Alers)
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Former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn holds his hand to his heart during the playing of the National Anthem at the transfer ceremony for space shuttle Discovery. (NASA/Paul E. Alers)

Crowd at the transfer ceremony for space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (NASA/Carla Cioffi)
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Crowd at the transfer ceremony for space shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (NASA/Carla Cioffi)

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